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Words Can't Say Enough: Why We Need to Write

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

Another Writer's Challenge

Recently another author Marilyn L. Davis (MDavisatTIERS) issued the following challenge:

"This challenge is to write about how you value, use and create your finished piece using your common denominator - words." (see the article "But, Have You Said It - A Writing Challenge")

I didn't really know how to approach this, but then it came to me! What is more important to a writer than “words”? Therefore, it should be a very easy topic to write about. This article is my response:

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WORDS

When I sit down at my desk (or wherever else I may be when the urge hits) with the intention of writing I rarely have a preconceived idea about what the subject will be or where my inspiration is going to come from.

Out of nowhere, an idea will come to me. I may have a sudden epiphany or some outside stimulus will miraculously ignite a spark in my brain. Call it my muse if you will for want of a better name. I am not the world's greatest orator so I prefer to communicate through my writing.

Random is probably as good a word as any to describe my writing process. I don't really have a niche and get the most pleasure and satisfaction by experimenting. I think this helps my writing to be somewhat unique.

Do I have any advice for other aspiring writers? Simply follow your heart. Write what makes you feel good and satisfies that burning inside of you. After all, if you don't enjoy the subjects you write about your work will lack enthusiasm and readers will sense that. After you have put your sweat and blood onto the paper (or your computer screen), then you should proofread it for spelling and grammar to give it a professional touch. But don't worry about that at first, just let the words flow from your heart. Worrying about the technicalities initially will stifle your creativity.

Some say you should find your niche and stick to it., especially if you want to make money writing online. That may be good advice, but it's not for me. My writing is what it is, love it or hate it. But it makes me feel damn good, and that's what counts.

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Other Quotes about Words and Writing

“We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”
―Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
-- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.
In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

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Shakespeare's Last Word

I'll leave you with these wise words by a far greater writer than me, William Shakespeare. These "random" phrases somehow sum up what it is like to be a writer in the company of others:

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers..

Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more..

Rhyme nor reason..

Discretion is the better part of valor..

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em...

© 2015 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 06, 2020:

OSaddiq, thank you for taking the time to read this. It was somewhat a surprise to see a notification of a comment this particular article as it is a few years old. I really appreciate your comment, especially in regard to my writing style, and that your found the article engaging.

I look forward to reading more of your works as well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 07, 2018:

Paula, that is what I love to hear. That someone reads my words and think I am writing to them exclusively. Glad you found this inspiring, even though it is two years old. better late than never...and the time must have been right.

Suzie from Carson City on July 07, 2018:

Jodah....Wonderful inspiration this morning. Thank you. Yet another signal to me to get back into my "groove." Isn't it nice to know that someone who read your words today, felt you were speaking exclusively to her?? Peace, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 06, 2018:

Bella, thank you for reading this and resurrecting it after a couple of years :) I agree totally that writing is indeed cathartic and I do write to please myself first and as therapy for life's woes, then hope that others will relate and enjoy reading as well.

Joan J Bell from Texas on July 06, 2018:

Love this! Writing is cathartic and it is meant to be something that we love to create whether others love it or not!

Allen Edwards from Iowa on November 27, 2015:

Thanks for the Words of Encouragement John! Its' a Damn Shame that an 'Old Fart' like myself , at this stage of my life , has the Need for 'Good Literary Ability' stroking...but such is the case!!

Yourself and 'billybuc' are my Mentors and with the words of encouragement and Wonderful informative and Literary Superlative Hubs from the Both of You...I continue to stumble forward in this Very Frustrating, but for some reason...'Inner Need 2 Do' Writing Thing!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2015:

Hi Allen, thanks for reading this hub and your great in-depth comment. All writers are not the same, some are born to it, some become writers by accident, and some are forced into it. We also have different genres that appeal to us and different ways of finding our inspiration etc. The most important thing is just to write, and every article doesn't have to be Pulitzer Prize quality. It may be sh*t nine times out of ten, but write it anyway. Practice makes perfect. The more hubs you write, read and comment on the more followers you will get. Cheers.

Allen Edwards from Iowa on November 27, 2015:

Before the actual process of finger to keyboard could begin, a look at everything acquired was required. This chair I was semi comfortably sitting in, was a fairly new acquisition. If my prior skills at acrobatics were still available, I could very likely use this chair as a launch platform for the extremely difficult, but ultimately Very rewarding ‘Flying front and side triple Float and Stick’ maneuver. Not being able to reconstruct those previous motor skills and muscle activations, I opted to simply rely on my myopic predestined mindset, and just F..king Write!!

Capable was a term that I accepted as…the ability to think something into reality. I am apparently ‘Incapable’ of processing my jumbled thoughts and transmitting the output to other entities in such a way as to solicit a response from them. I mean ‘Come the F..k On’! I mean NO Response; Zilch, Nada; Tida Ada!!! At least if you don’t like it, just Rip the Shit out of Me, and I can move on…Sort Of.

Pursuant to the actual physical movement of writing, every so-called writer must experience some sort of motivation to make the effort of using the antiquated ‘Pen/Pencil to Paper’; Typewriter; or more technically advanced method of Keyboard to Processor’…methods of transferring mentally formulated characters, conversations,… scenes consisting of characters, conversations, nature in its’ wonderful splendor , man against nature, man against nature against man living with nature, man against man, man against himself…types of imaged or experienced scenarios.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 26, 2015:

Thanks Phyllis.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 26, 2015:

Hi Mike, always good to see people return for a second reading. Thanks for the kind comment. Hope you are enjoying Thanksgiving.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 26, 2015:

Hey Phyllis good to see people finding my hubs through my Facebook page. I'll have to post more there. It surprises me this one got past you originally. I found it an enjoyable challenge and some of the other responses were were very good. You should take up the challenge. Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on November 26, 2015:

Hey, Mike. Glad to have brought you back here. Yep - Jodah always has great advice.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 26, 2015:

Hello John, Phyllis' comment brought me back for a second reading. Still great advice and lots of ideas.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on November 26, 2015:

Hi Jodah. I just found this on your fb page. I absolutely love to write. I write from my heart and soul and I know you do that also. I enjoyed reading this. I may take up this challenge. Have a great weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2015:

Yes Ashly, I totally agree is love and like breathing. Maybe we need to market that t shirt :)

Ashly Christen from Illinois on November 12, 2015:

writing is love! writing can often be like breathing! I often feel like I am going through writing withdraws when I neglect it. Its addicting, beautiful, inspiring, informative etc etc

Keep Calm and Write On! I need this shirt haha

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2015:

Hi again Allen, I hope you will find my hubs to be helpful in your quest to understand at least why I write. Like you I didn't really begin to write seriously until I retired to care for my wife, well apart from some poetry.

I have been at Hub Pages for five years but only really active here for two. I am not making a fortune but any coinage is better than nothing, and really I write because I enjoy the writing process, spreading the occasional message, and especially the wonderful community here. I'll check out your hub and encourage you to write more.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 03, 2015:

Hi again Allen, I hope you will find my hubs to be helpful in your quest to understand at least why I write. Like you I didn't really begin to write seriously until I retired to care for my wife, well apart from some poetry.

I have been at Hub Pages for five years but only really active here for two. I am not making a fortune but any coinage is better than nothing, and really I write because I enjoy the writing process, spreading the occasional message, and especially the wonderful community here. I'll check out your hub and encourage you to write more.

Allen Edwards from Iowa on October 03, 2015:

Now that I have found you John, I plan to read and absorb All the messages of your Hubs and Pick and Choose those of your commentators.

Very Very slowly, I am getting the picture of why writers write, and in my case... If I can committ to simply writing with No necessary acculations or "coins of the realm" needed to sustain me??

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 13, 2015:

Thank you for reading and your generous comment Sunil. Much appreciated.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on August 13, 2015:

It is yet another magic over your vocabulary. Your points are worth to note. I endorse what you expressed here. Writing is a good and thrilling experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 06, 2015:

Thank you Essie, your comment is much appreciated as always.

Essie from Southern California on July 06, 2015:

Another mighty fine hub! I especially like the ode to Robin Williams, but the whole hub was great. Essie.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 01, 2015:

Thank you MG. if I haven't written anything for two days I go into withdrawal.

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on June 01, 2015:

I like what you've said here. I agree that writing is a genuine need.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 29, 2015:

Thanks for taking the time to read this Joyette, glad you are a free spirit too, but as you say the short story niche works for you so that's great. Thank for the vote up.

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on April 29, 2015:

Interesting hub Jodah! I can identify with you on that random free spirit approach. I do not follow the rules either. I follow my inspiration and as long as I feel satisfied and pleased with the results, it doesn't matter how 'unstandard' my writing may be. However, unlike you, I have found my niche in the short story and it really works for me as a vehicle of expression. I use other forms, but I am happiest with the short story.

Good job! Voted up and Interesting!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 13, 2015:

So glad you enjoyed this and agree with my sentiments about being a writer Jo. I enjoy writing too much to stop. Thanks for the vote up and share.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on April 13, 2015:

What a really well written article of all the joys of writing~ you really excel in any challenge you take on. Just really enjoyed reading this and nodding my head in 100 % agreement~!

Up all the way. Shared too. Please!! Keep writing!

You are amazingly talented. :-))

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2015:

Thank you very much peachpurple. I did not know how I was going to tackle this challenge at first but was pleased with what I came up with eventually. I appreciate your comment.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 12, 2015:

very easy to understand, you are clever to form the W-O-R-D-S into a lengthy hub, awesome

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 15, 2015:

Glad I got you thinking Ed, always good to have a revelation.

ahorseback on March 15, 2015:

I've also have had another , more personal , revelation about my own writing , I'm not sure that it in itself can ever be enough ! By that I mean enough to settle the unrest of my own soul . Yet I suppose that's an individual and separate issue to writing itself . Hey , you got me thinking here ! LOL

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 15, 2015:

Hi stricktlydating, thanks for reading. Yes, follow your heart.

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on March 14, 2015:

I like your advice to other writers...Follow your heart.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2015:

Ed, Thanks for your interesting comment. I can relate to what you say...I didn't start writing seriously until over 50 either. I appreciate your taking the time to read this.

ahorseback on March 11, 2015:

Oh Oh , I pushed all he buttons , funny too ! I'm the guy . But it is funny how writers get started though ! Anyone ever said , "Ed , yur going to be a writer " I would have laughed in their face !.....yet here I am writing after fifty years of living ! Some things take awhile to grow . Thanks for sharing !

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 10, 2015:

Thanks again Randy, glad you enjoyed this one and know where I'm coming from.

Randy Horizon from Philadelphia on March 10, 2015:

Excellent hub Jodah. I love your poem about Robin Williams, it is so true. Writing is for me sometimes a form of therapy. Feelings that may hide break free from inside and find flight when dancing pen across paper. Sometimes gotta wonder where do the words come from?

Thanks for the great hub my friend :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 10, 2015:

Thanks for reading Vellur, glad you agree with my sentiments in regard to writing.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 10, 2015:

Words definitely are not enough to describe the need to write. As you say the best way to write is to follow our hearts and write about what we want to express. Great hub.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 09, 2015:

Thank you Kristen, so glad you found this to be inspiring. That's a great compliment.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 09, 2015:

Great hub, John. Real inspiring for us writers out there. Very useful! Voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 09, 2015:

Thank you for your kind and insightful comment John, I agree totally with your observation. Have a great day.

John Albu from Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102 on March 09, 2015:

The ability to write is one of the greatest gifts that we (humans) have. In my humble opinion - it's as much an art as playing music or drawing.

This hub is a fine example of excellent writing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 08, 2015:

Yes nybride710, writing is almost like an addiction isn't it? You can't deny it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Lisa Kroulik from North Dakota on March 08, 2015:

I write because it's a never-ending need with me. I've tried to deny it and get a "real" job, but I never last long.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 05, 2015:

Yes Flourish, when I was secretary of the local fire brigade for four years I had to read out the previous minutes at the meetings. Public speaking has never been my strong point however I was forced to become a little more comfortable with it. I am ok with a small number of people but in front of a big crowd I'm a nervous wreck. I'd rather write down my thoughts any day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 05, 2015:

Thank you for reading this and glad you found my ideas interesting Alicia.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 05, 2015:

I find it especially interesting that your written communication is such a strong suit while you claim not to be a good orator. There are a lot of writers for whom that is also true.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 05, 2015:

You've shared some interesting ideas about writing, Jodah. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the quotes.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2015:

Eric, you said it. If I didn't, I wouldn't. :) Thanks as always.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2015:

Hi ps, yes as Paulo says, "We have to take risks." Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day/night.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on March 04, 2015:

Love what you do, do what you love. Keep on writing Jodah.

EWF

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 04, 2015:

Paulo's remark is at the heart of the matter, is it not?

Be willing to put ourselves out there and allow our thoughts to flow.

I love too that so many have said so many lovely thoughts and they are housed in books that we can enjoy and make a part of us if we choose.

Well said, Jodah.

Hoping you are having a lovely afternoon...Angels are on the way to you today ps

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2015:

Hello ThatMommyBlogger, thanks for reading. Good to see someone else who has the same form of inspiration as myself. :)

Missy from The Midwest on March 04, 2015:

Nice hub. My ideas come from "out of nowhere", too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2015:

Thanks for reading Venkatachari and for your generous comment. I am glad you found this inspiring and thanks also for sharing and voting up. Now I have to go read your response.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 04, 2015:

Awesome response with wonderful spinning of words. This is very inspiring and interesting. Mine is very simple and in a general way.

I admire your meeting the challenge so beautifully and awesomely. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up and awesome.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2015:

Thanks Mary, when I first read the hub by Marilyn issuing this challenge I thought...yeah ok....too hard. I wasn't intending to do this. Writing about "words" just seemed too difficult. Then I read Ann's response and I was inspired to give it a go. I think the words then chose me :) Glad you liked the quotes and thanks for the vote up too.

Mary Craig from New York on March 04, 2015:

As always John you take the challenge and rise to the top. Writing about words isn't an easy thing to do since you are using words to do the writing ;)

Sometimes we choose our words, sometimes they choose us!

Loved all your quotes.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thank you Rebecca. I agree writing is an art and begs for creativity to make it stand out.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 03, 2015:

You remind us, once again that words are like a palette, and we can paint with them. Something you do quite well, Jonah. Thanks!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thanks Mike, I appreciate your valued opinion. I'm afraid the niche will have to find me, I'm not going out of my way to find one. I think billybuc has the market covered on "How to Write" :) for instance.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 03, 2015:

Jodah, you have put a lot into this article. To try to explain how to write or were the ideas or inspiration comes from is very difficult. Good advice here. "Just write. Perhaps the niche will find you."

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thanks for reading another of my recent run of quick fire hubs, Faith. I have been on a roll but my production may die down now for a week or two. I have been home alone so have had more time to devote to writing. Your wonderful comments always add value to a hub. Glad you enjoyed my take on this challenge and I do aim to inspire. Thanks for the tweet, pin, vote up, G+ etc.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 03, 2015:

John, you are certainly on a roll with publishing and your response to this interesting challenge is way cool ... you always inspire as to your creativity and how you express yourself through your words, of course!

I really enjoyed reading. I am in complete agreement, if you write, write from the heart for that is from where our passion comes.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Hello MsDora, always good to see you. I have a constant burning inside me that needs satisfying. I rarely know what the result will be, but it makes life interesting. I hope there is a good message here.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Hi Marie, thanks for your comment. So glad you enjoyed this. I haven't heard of "The Bet" but have heard of Anton Chekhov. Glad this made you revisit that and find it was different than you remembered.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Good to see you Lesley. The quickest way to make money online is to write articles titled "Make Money Online" or many other words to that effect. To me that is just rehashing what has been written a thousand times before and is creative writing at it's worst...but it sells. Some people make a fortune spending their entire day doing "paid surveys". We all have to eat, but I can't think of a worse more boring way to spend my day. You are a great writer and I especially love your short stories/flash fiction. I think I'll be poor forever too, but hey, as long as you love it, just keep writing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Kim, thanks for reading again and voting up. xx

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thanks for that great comment Shauna. Glad you found this to be a creative approach. I toyed with including the Bee Gees' original of the song, but I love Ronan Keating's voice and thought Boyzone did a good ob with it, and as you say didn't change it a lot.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Hi Ruby, I know you are a lot like me and don't really have a niche...poetry, short stories, etc.....and these challenges which I think brings out some of our best writing. Thanks for the vote up, that's always appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thanks for reading another of my hubs Aneegma. Your comments always brighten my day. It sounds like we are on the same wavelength about the way we write..."random". I am always browsing through stuff I wrote years ago and stashed away....surprised how much I have been able to resurrect and use in hubs. Thanks for the compliment too about being a natural born writer..so are you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Always great to see your comment Frank. It's good to hear that this piece of writing stirred a reaction, I hope it was a good one. Thanks for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 03, 2015:

Jodah, a very interesting article. I especially like "Write what . . . satisfies that burning inside of you." Great message for writers.

Marie Flint on March 03, 2015:

What a delightful, fun hub!

As you described the reader's relationship to words, the story "The Bet" came to me. (I had to look up the author's name: Anton Chekhov. However, in reviewing the story online, the tale wasn't as I remembered it.)

Thank you for writing.

Lesleysherwood on March 03, 2015:

You are such an excellent writer John, and I reckon one good reason for that is because you heed your own advice. Yeah, it's good to have a niche to make more money, like the old 'make money online' by Chris Farrell niche and he has, Chris I mean. I would LOVE to make loads, but like you, I write what I fancy and could probably do with a little more of the old editing and proofreading, plus find an identity and KEEP IT. Alas, I am to be poor forever. LOL

ocfireflies from North Carolina on March 03, 2015:

lovely job once again V+++

Smiles,

Kim

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 03, 2015:

Awesome approach to the challenge, John. I always enjoy reading your words. I loved the video. It's nice to see the band didn't deviate from the original by the Bee Gees.

I enjoyed this very creative read, John!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 03, 2015:

This is interesting John. I liked the way you used the word words to give us an insight into you as a writer and to highlight the great writers quotes. I don't know about having a niche either. I just like to write when the idea hits me. Voted up. Well done..

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on March 03, 2015:

I'm definitely a much better writer than speaker. I always write anything that pops in my head and then keep it and sometimes forget I wrote something and then come across it one day and add some more tidbits. I think most writers are usually useless speakers which is why writing isn't for everybody but you John are certainly a natural born writer. Great hub as usual, enjoyed reading this!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 03, 2015:

I read ann's challenge and yours now and find words amazing when used to stir reactions.. what I'm trying to say is that your hub caused reaction so you succeeded in displaying a perfect challenge...bless you

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thank you Audrey....I'm not sure what we do when words are not enough...maybe that's when actions come into play :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

That must be it Bill....a shared passion. Thanks for reading. I look forward to reading yours.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 03, 2015:

Our processes are so interesting I think--I wonder sometimes what to do when words aren't enough---

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 03, 2015:

I read Ann's answer to this challenge, now yours, and mine will be out tomorrow...and they all sound the same. LOL I wonder why that is??? Could it be because writing is a passion for us?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Hello Marilyn, I am glad you approve of my response to your interesting challenge. Also glad you liked the quotes that I selected and my approach. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thank you Devika. No it isn't for everyone. If you can't put emotion into your writing then you shouldn't write. Thanks for the vote up too.

Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on March 03, 2015:

Good morning, Jodah; well done. I also like the bold type w-o-r-d-s that you've place within the piece. Nice touch. I'll echo Ann, I usually have an idea or have something that inspires, but have been known to just sit and write. Those are the darlings that sit in their folder waiting for other words to complete the random thoughts.

I also appreciate several of the quotes you found; I obviously like quotes...however, I'm just as impressed by your stance that you'll write what is genuine and authentic for you. If we don't get to that place as writers, I think we are missing that opportunity to be true to our voice. Glad you don't compromise.

Thank you for taking the challenge. ~Marilyn

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 03, 2015:

Greatly approached. Writing is not for everyone. One should write with great emotion. Voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thank Ann, I greatly appreciate your comment and feedback. Glad you enoyed the read. Hope your day is a great one too.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 03, 2015:

Great job, John! I like the way you use first letters or first words (like your challenge) to form a text.

I agree with you that passion and enthusiasm are essential to make your writing shine. We need to be a part of what we write.

You're lucky that you can sit down and just work on random ideas; I always need a direction or a prompt. Those, though, often come from photos or other outside stimuli.

Thanks for the great read this Tuesday morning, John. Have a great day!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thank you Anna, I'm glad you are another writer without a niche. Thank you for your encouraging comment that this hub is aesthetically pleasing and engaging.

Anna Haven from Scotland on March 03, 2015:

I share your love of random writing without a set niche.

Your layout looked great here, very aesthetically pleasing and off course your words made it engaging. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2015:

Thank you for being the first person to read and comment on this hub Deergha. I agree with what you say and glad you like the quote by Cassandra Clare. I couldn't express it that well myself. The vote up is also appreciated.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on March 03, 2015:

Well job done, John. Writing is an exercise that makes one feel relived who want and can express their feelings through words, mainly who prefer expressing through writing then verbally. If some body do not prefer writing then it's a mere pressure for him/her. We the hubbers here are people who can breathe better way or to put it more precisely, we feel more lively if we could complete our writing. Its a nice hub that you have compiled about your own ways of writing. The quotes are lovely. Specifically the Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince quote, it is so very true. Thank you for this share. Sharing and votes way up interesting, beautiful and useful.

regards

Deergha

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