A-Z Blog Challenge: J
post by Jennifer Carter
I've heard of the Joy of Painting, of Cooking, of Baking--but why not the Joy of Writing? I'll admit, sometimes it's more the Joy of Having Written that appeals to me most, but I think it's worth considering and appreciating the joy that writing can bring.
For starters, being around other fellow writers brings me lots of joy. I've befriended coworkers and made acquaintances in the past, but there's nothing quite like hanging with my peeps who (may or may not) share at least some of my neuroses (my favorite definition of which, just for fun, is "disorder typified by excessive anxiety or indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment.")
In addition, editing the Northern Colorado Writers newsletter each month is chock full of joyful experiences because I love it when fellow writers share their successes and milestones reached. They tell me that Writers with a capital W don't just exist somewhere in the Barnes and Noble ether, but they're here all around writing and getting published and that gives me hope.
Lately joy has filtered in from all across the continent in the form of the NCW Writing Contest entries. It is so special to me that people are willing to share their stories with us, stories that will one day soon fill the pages of our first-ever anthology.
So perhaps it isn't just the act of putting words to the page that brings me joy, although that certainly does too in a simple and pure way, but it's also all that comes along with it. Putting words to paper inadvertently bonds us and allows so many other great experiences to stem from it. Thus, perhaps a better way to describe it is not simply the joy of writing, but the Joy of Being a Writer.
What brings you joy as a writer?