Paul Bowles on Trouble
It’s very hard to write about that which is always beautiful and pleasant and good. You don’t get anywhere with it. There’s no friction in it. There’s no trouble. You have to have trouble. Somebody’s got to get in trouble, or no one wants to read it.
2/8/2012 01:19:55 am
Sorry, but I must disagree. First, this post sets up a false dichotomy. We don't have a choice between writing about sweetness and light OR writing about trouble. There are all sorts of writing situations that present themselves to an imaginative writer.
I agree with you, not all literature includes conflict and even when you do have conflict you can frame it within "sweetness and light" (see for example my book "The Sun Zebra"). However, I would venture that the majority of literature follows the "trouble" paradigm.
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