When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Perhaps all a story is, is this quote up here. And all a character is doing is figuring out how to make lemonade with what they’ve been given.
If we look at writing from that sort of perspective, it begs the question of what sorts of lemons should we be throwing at our characters? What sorts of lemonade should we have them make? Or should we throw them some other Thing or have them make some other Thing or No Thing at all?
One way or another, I think adversity gives readers and viewers the opportunity to see how a character copes and deals with challenges and obstacles — it gives insight, and it also creates depth.
To keep with the theme of this notion, here are some quotes related to adversity aka all them lemons.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
The pressure of adversity is the most powerful sustainer of accountability. It’s as though everything you do is multiplied by 50 in order to surpass those with a head-start. I was never capable of slacking when at the threshold of failure.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
When faced with two equally tough choices, most people choose the third choice: to not choose.
The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
It’s tougher to look than to leap.