This post could be about finding inspiration in unexpected places
It could be an admonishment to make sure you are challenging your characters enough
It could be about zeroing in on the real story.
It could be a bit of all three.
We got a "newspaper" in the mail recently. Just a little local thing with about 20 pages or so focusing on health care issues. I don't usually read these things, but this time I did.
There was a full page article about a visit the author made to a local nursing home. Essentially, she put in 4-5 pictures and explained what each one was. Pretty generic fare until I got to #4.
Picture #4 was of an elderly man doing a jigsaw puzzle. No big deal? He's deaf and blind.
And he spends his days putting jigsaw puzzles together. Carefully testing one piece at a time.
And yet he only gets two sentences out of a page long article. Talk about a missed opportunity for a compelling, heart-warming piece.
It's been several weeks, but I can't get the guy out of my head. I don't remember his name or what nursing home he resides in, but I remember his infallible patience and determination.
And now, so will you.