Thursday Thoughts: Universal Challenges

Sometimes, the biggest challenge facing a writer isn’t figuring out who the characters are, what comprises their chracter arcs, the turning points in the plot, the opening line and the final end. Nope. Sometimes, the biggest challenge is actually sitting down at a computer (or a with a pen and notebook for those who write old school) and creating words that flow from the brain to the fingertips. There are lots of people who think they can write a book but there’s few of us that do. It’s work. Good thing we love our work, right? Well, at least most of the time. Anyway, as usual, the Universe has something to add to the discussion.

Silver, each challenge adds to the suspense, adds to the mystery, adds to the chaos, adds to the possibilities, adds to the romance, adds to the adventure, adds to the joy.

And I say anything that adds to the joy should be embraced.

The Universe

There’s nothing challenging that has ever happened in your life, Silver, that one day you won’t look back upon with deep gratitude.

Sometimes, writing is the biggest challenge of all. But you know what? Those of us who are driven to tell the stories floating around in our heads, we have no other choice. So we channel those challenges into the challenge of creating a story that other will want to read, and if we’re lucky. they’ll enjoy they story, recommend it to others, and buy the other books we’ve written. Writers live on creativity but we also need the sell books to meet the challenge of living–like paying bills and putting food on the table. Still, whenever I finish the challenge of writing a book, I am deeply grateful that the words still come. Because I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. What’s your challenge today and are you grateful for anything?


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Challenges

  1. Yep, sometimes the biggest challenge is sitting down and writing. Especially when so many things are driving the words and the will to write them right out of our heads.

    The challenge today is sitting here and putting words down at some point. I did diddly-squat yesterday.

    • Silver James says:

      Yeah, yesterday was a big fat bust for me too for…reasons. I outlined them in my comment on your This-n-That blog today. Here’s hoping both of us find the headspace today!

  2. says:

    Like you, as a writer I’m grateful for all those wonderful characters and plots floating around in my head. As an editor, I’m grateful for the opportunity to help others tell the very best story they can.
    Today, my challenge is getting my head clear of cobwebs, and focusing on the work.
    I see gallons of coffee in my future.

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