Prompt for March 27 – Virtual Barat House

The problem in public life is learning to overcome terror, the problem in married life is learning to overcome boredom.

From Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquéz

An aside: I feel a special affinity for García Marquéz, especially the book from which this quote is taken, because a critical editor said of my first full-length manuscript, “You have to decide whether you want to write a novel, or to write Love in the Time of Cholera.” As our times suggest, some of us are always writing Love in the Time of Cholera: the narrative may not be tidy; the conflicts we identify and want to dramatize or explore as writers seem weird and baroque, even to us. What am I driven to write? (Maybe it’s not a novel.)

But back to the prompt! Use the quote as a theme, title, or first sentence to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

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