I love collecting joyful things like happy memories and good books.
(1) Joy of Writing – I write on scraps of paper, in magazines and (oh my) in books. I conjure up stories and outline them for other days. I never tire of writing what pops into my head, editing it on paper and/or computer, and re-writing again. The joy is that I do it often and I love it.
(2) Joy of Reading – I read all sorts of things like online newspaper clippings, hardcover books on writing, paperback classic novels, and hilarious children’s books. My favorite is when our children bring us books to read to them or something will happen in real life that reminds them of a book scene. Such a joy!
(3) Joy of Remembering – I think up and forget tons of things. I often don’t recall what is real or fake unless I look at my personal journals and compare with what book I’m currently writing or conjuring up in my head. I remember many wonderful things and often they are in fantasy lands, but I do hold them dear and find joy in the stories.
(4) Joy of Forgetting – I often get rejection letters and the best remedy is to realize that agents and editors are only going to take what they love. And what they love is reading books and their business is finding those beautiful stories that authors conjure for the universe. I do keep records of who I query, but I often forget the impersonal rejections. My favorite rejection was so inspirational to me that I started afresh and wrote three more novels. It’s a beautiful thing.
(5) Joy of Sharing – SHARE what you know. You know far less about yourself than you think you do because you just haven’t experienced enough. Challenge others by asking them questions about their opinions. Serve others by giving them sound and reasonable advice. The joy of sharing is that it might spark someone to write that great manuscript they’ve been conjuring in their own head and by some great miracle you might be able to see it some day on the shelf. Help others. Love the genre. Enjoy this world!
Collect joyful things like happy memories and enjoy the goodness of books. SMILES!