Thinking and Thoughts, Writing

The Challenge of Writing

Essentials for writing your thoughts


“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King,

“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.”
—Tom Clancy


The last three months have brought new thoughts to the forefront of my writing ambition, stimulated by my dear writer and blogging friends, as well as, past life events. Each month brings new insight and reflections into the cluttered thoughtscape of my mind.

Every month that passes year after year reminds me of people places and things I have encountered in my life journey. Individuals who have passed, a tragedy I had to face, broken promises, but ironically there seems to be a lesson learned through the horrible pain of it. The hard part is enduring it until you come out on the other side. The anxiety of the unknown is what actually scares us!

I try to find the good in everything. Sometimes it is a tough pill to swallow. And yes, I have visited the darkness of those dreadful days, and I can honestly tell you, “Johnny don’t like being there.” I feel you need a burden from time to time to grow, to become a better you in the end. Trust me; I’m not looking for a load to bear.

Challenges love to show up at your door when it is most inconvenient, just to rear their ugly head and taunt our fragile emotions. The miracle is we reach deep down within ourselves to pull it off and continue our place in life anyway. We just do. My faith is my refuge.

Writing has been an eye-opener for me. Tho I have not published any content in the last couple of months. I have been very productive behind the screen in the privacy of my home and thoughts. The little spiral notebook I carry has been my friend eagerly allowing my ink to fill its pages with my words.

When it came time to write a piece, I started to do just that. However, I encountered starting a story, then leaving it half finished only to start another one because my thoughts kept leading me down another path. This peculiar behavior repeated itself four times. FOUR! Four unfinished story prospects.

I continued story hopping for weeks on end. Guess what happened? To my amazement, a fifth story came to fruition. No matter how hard I tried to finish up my other unfinished tales, one new story emerged and kept gnawing at me relentlessly until I gave into it.

I believe this whole writing behavior phenomenon is a normal progression into becoming a better productive story-teller or my goal, a writer. It’s true when we sit down to transpose our words onto white paper; it takes on a life of its own. In the end, we hope our readers enjoy the finished product.

My hope is when my story goes live it will stimulate my audience in a way that is inspiring and helpful in their own life’s journey. I know reading other people’s work does that for me.

So stay tuned…

Thank you for reading my post. I appreciate you and your valuable time.

Sincerely, OT John

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8 thoughts on “The Challenge of Writing

  1. John, I am always touched by your writing. You are both a storyteller AND a writer. Your stories are compelling and I always come away with some nuggets of wisdom from your words! I love the way you view, describe and meet challenges – Your writing and your faith are a source of inspiration to me.
    Isn’t it true – that the story that wants to be told keep coming up until we tell it? I can’t wait to read the next part of yours!
    Blessings, my friend.

    1. Dear Terry, you have a compassionate heart. Thank you dear friend for your encouraging words. I do not believe in dumb luck. I believe in providence. It is not luck we all encounter each other. It is on purpose. 🙂

    1. Shabnam, you encouraged me today! Thank you for reading my post, but most of all, I am pleased my words inspired you. ?

  2. John, your honesty makes me feel less alone. I have a file where I keep my story ideas. I’ve given myself the freedom to write for a little or as much as I want to on each one. It gets the idea down and out of the way so I can finish my main projects. One day I will get back to my idea file; in the meantime I often think of those stories and look forward to adding more to each one. They are growing in the background like roots of a tree.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Hello Wendy, yes, I’m discovering new habits to make my thoughts more organized. I have to allow myself permission and freedom to do so.

  3. In case of unfinished projects, I have some pretty bad history. I started story series on a few sites, and those remain unfinished as the sites went non-paying and I lost a bit of interest. In one, I had written 17 episodes!
    But going forward, I plan to improve. May be, you can resume on these 4 pieces one by one?

    1. I hope to Ptrikha15. 😂 They are still in my folder awaiting daylight. I will finish someday. Good luck finishing yours.

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