Irritation Illumination

A kind person recently noticed I wrote a novel and asked me “Where do you get your inspiration?”

“Irritation,” says I.

“Huh?” says kind person.

Says I, “Think of irritation on a continuum, with petty grievances at the low end and soul-impaling outrage at the high end. Any level will do.

“I can’t speak for great writers like Harper Lee or John Steinbeck but I conjecture this: To Kill a Mockingbird is a right hook at behaviors that allowed an innocent man to be accused of rape and allowed an uneducated woman to believe that was okay. I imagine John Steinbeck was compelled to one-two punch injustice, which impaled those too poor to protest those with power. So he gave us Grapes of Wrath.”

Likely there are other sources, but I think irritation inspires many novelists, who must either make art, or smack somebody.

What inspires you?

About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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