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 how 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’m loving the ride.

With love,


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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3 Responses to Leaps of Faith and Acts of Love

  1. utesmile says:

    Enjoy the ride, you are amazing. I do love jigsaw puzzles to!

  2. It was helpful reading this advice. As a writer, often I hold back because I don’t know where something is going, and it can be frustrating. I get to “trust” the process, just as I trust my spirit
    to lead me in the direction I need to go. Again, thanks for the advice.

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