Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.
The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
What a statement. It seems so counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Don’t limitations restrict artistic expression?
Ah, but as a writer of fiction I have discovered that restrictions force me to be clever. And clever makes for a much better story.
Closed doors and a narrowed outlook are a challenge, like a puzzle waiting to be solved. This is one reason why I enjoy writing historical fiction.
Picture this: A young man and a young woman are attracted to one another. Could it be True Love? They happen to come to the same party and they talk. Hang on, the music is blaring so they must shout. Well, okay, that’s an obstacle. Sort of.
But how much better to push them back 200 years. Toss in some social restrictions, including a desperate need to marry for money and a batty spinster aunt who is the young woman’s chaperone. There she is, wedged between them on the sofa, with fat sighings over her ailments, making random remarks to passers-by. But what about True Love? This is the couple’s one opportunity to talk. Will it be wasted? Heck, no. But their words must dance around that aunt, and therein lies the fun.
What puzzling limitations are you facing in your artistic project? Can you spin them in a fresh a way and bring cleverness and wit to your work?