Karen enjoys many creative endeavors, including knitting, sewing, book binding, gardening, and of course, writing. She loves to learn new things by taking community education classes. She took the Master Gardener course and other advanced gardening classes through the USU Extension Service, earning her Master Gardener certificate in 2002. She has recently breathed new life into a faded dream by beginning to write her first novel.
Some of Karen's favorite things are: spending time with family, eating good food, creating beautiful things, reading good books and enjoying good, dark chocolate.
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Maybe this sentiment is in response to a devastating loss, or a disappointment. Loved ones may have made poor choices. Maybe it is a financial problem, or perhaps our health takes a turn for the worse. Life's trials come in many forms, and often cause us to feel that it just isn't fair that we should be required to suffer so.
But, suffering beyond our control has a purpose. In D&C 122, Joseph Smith is having one of those "not what I signed up for" moments and he complains a little to the Lord. In response, the Lord gives Joseph these words of wisdom, after describing more trials Joseph may be required to endure: "...know thou my son, that these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good."
Entire Sunday school lessons could be taught on the purpose of suffering, but I would like to focus on one aspect of having trials that is unique to this audience. As writers, we try very hard to present believable characters. How can we accurately portray a loss or heartache a character is experiencing if we have never experienced loss or heartache?
Having difficult life experiences adds depth and believability to our writing. Think about your life 10 years ago. Would you have been--or were you--as good a writer then as you are now? Have the difficult circumstances you've waded through not made you a more mature, better writer? I would suggest that they have, and that they will continue to painfully enrich your life and understanding.
Next time you feel like lifting your eyes to heaven and asking, "Why me?" remember that life must be experienced to be described. I'm not suggesting we volunteer for difficult experiences--most of us don't have to. I'm only suggesting that we allow those hard times that we will naturally encounter to create depth in our character, so that we can create characters with depth.