Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for Joy


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?

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9 comments:

Kay Theodoratus said...

Joy? I think of it as amusement.

Samantha McColl said...

Writing gives me the ability to take an idea and explore it by letting it flow onto a page. The idea becomes a visual and tangible thing that I can then interpret and better understand. Writing brings me to conclusions that I may have not been able to find in my head. There is something about the process or putting pen to paper...or finger to key...that gives me the ability to organize my thought and almost always brings about satisfying results.

Bob Scotney said...

When I see the words 'Joy of ...' I'm reminded of a book I've never read and certainly couldn't write. I'll let you guess the word three letter word I've missed out.

Laila Knight said...

I feel the greatest joy as a writer when I hold a finished manuscript in my hands, and I know that I did my best to bring an entire world to life. A million rejections can't ever take that joy from me. ...^-^...

Jenny said...

The energy of it, the rhythm and flow when it's going well--those things bring me joy.

Michelle Mach said...

What a great topic for "J"! Today I found joy in an editor telling me that everyone in the office LOVED my last article (she even put it in caps like that)! But often it's the smaller things--like finally finishing a piece I'd been struggling with forever and even though it hasn't been published, feeling that maybe, just maybe, it doesn't suck (finally). :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

Finishing the first draft of a manuscript is a joyful moment for me, even when I know I have tons of work ahead in revisions and self-editing.

Hart Johnson said...

I think there is nothing better than being in the zone and getting out of my own way and just writing. That is great joy. It doesn't happen every time, in fact it maybe only happens 5 or 6 times a book, but when I am THERE, I am THERE and I adore that. I totally agree with you on the joy of other writer friends, too. I always thought I was just different from other people, but no... there are people like me... it just took this getting out there into it to find them.

Angela Felsted said...

Creative writing makes me happy. It gives me an outlet for my thoughts and feelings, even when I don't think there's anyone in my life who wants to hear them.

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