Leaps of Faith and Acts of Love

Last night I started out at about 8pm with the seed of an idea for what I thought would be another flash fiction piece. Over seven hours of non-stop writing later I finished the 7-page story, “Touched.” I looked at the clock. 3:20am. I’d had so much fun putting pieces of the puzzle together I had no clue so much time had passed. It’s as though I was in a time bubble. I sometimes write all night and am surprised to see the sun shining through the window. I used to enjoy putting jigsaw puzzles together, but writing is so much more fun for me. The challenge is greatly increased in writing because I can’t keep referring to a photo on the cover of a puzzle box to see how everything will fit together and how the project will turn out, and I have to create each piece from scratch rather than select pre-made puzzle pieces. There were several times last night when I sat in amazement at where the story had led me to at that point, and that I had no clue as to how it would end or how long it would be. Writing to me is a bit like being a farmer with unknown seeds. I get the seed of an idea. Plant it, water and nurture it, and see what it grows into. It sometimes turns into a poem, a song, or a short story. I’ve learned not to fight what it was meant to be, but rather to go with the flow, and see where this wild writing river adventure takes me. Each seed I plant or writing journey I begin is a leap of faith and act of love. I have no idea what is around the next bend on this writing adventure but I love the ride. With love, Russ

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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13 Responses to Leaps of Faith and Acts of Love

  1. Sometimes I want to jot something down and the next thing I know….hours have passed. I can relate. I’m glad you are enjoying it!

  2. sharechair says:

    Hope you can take a nap today 🙂

  3. Russ, I often find myself having the same experience. And when I’m finished, I scratch my head asking “how did I land here!” Great post.

  4. InfiniteZip says:

    I find midnight writing best, wish I had less interruptions, I’d never stop except to sleep and eat. I need to retire:)

  5. Kristi says:

    I loved reading about your writing process. It sounds like a fun and giving process. Thanks for inspiration…I’ll try writing my thesis like that…losing my mojo….not because of the topic but because I kinda have a vision of where it’s going in my head and it just ruins the fun. Thanks for reminder.

    • russtowne says:

      Hi, Kristi. It is always good to hear from you. Thank you for your comment. May your thesis become a journey of self-discovery with many pleasant surprises.
      Russ

  6. lvsrao says:

    Love it. Blessed indeed.
    The last but one sentence (Penultimate para) :::
    “Each seed I plant or writing journey I begin is a leap of faith and act of love.”
    is very much inspiring one to gain such experiences.

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