Inspiration and Challenges

Characters in any good romance novel have to face challenges, obstacles, and conflict. Without those things, our stories would be bland to the point of blah.

Sunday night, Hallmark Hall of Fame presented a movie titled “A Smile As Big As The Moon.” I have to admit, I didn’t see much of it, just the beginning and the last 30 minutes. (Sure wish I’d seen the entire movie!) What I gathered was a class of Special Needs students, who didn’t get along by any stretch of the imagination, was accepted into NASA’s Space Camp.

During the course of the following months, these kids studied and prepared for camp. They were the first such class allowed to attend the camp. To everyone’s surprise, I think even their coach’s, they pulled together and became a team. From their mist one young man learned to be a leader. He grew beyond everyone’s expectations…or dreams. In the end, he demonstrated extraordinary growth. He overcame his own private obstacles, and, from my perspective, became a man.

That’s what I want the hero and heroine in my stories to do, face their challenges and overcome them for a Happily Ever After. If we, the writer, don’t throw everything but the kitchen sink at them (and sometimes even that), and test them to their limits, how will the reader know how heroic they are?

It would’ve been great to have written “A Smile As Big As The Moon,” to create those characters and see the interaction between them change and grow. Only this movie is based on real life…real people. Which is what makes it all the better.

I applaud those young people and their coach for stepping outside their comfort zones (waaayyyy out!), facing those challenges and overcoming them. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you!

Linda Trout

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