I’m so happy to be a part of Cheryl’s month-long Joy of Writing. In this profession there are so many times when a writer can get discouraged. Feel rejected. Suffer writer’s block. Let stress cripple creativity. When those times occur, I open up a blank page. Why? Because I LOVE beginnings. Most writers will agree that writing “The End” brings a sense of joy to the soul, and I agree with that wholeheartedly. Still, opening up a clean page to build a character, and then her world around her, with unlimited possibilities ahead, brings another wonderful sense of joy. With that said, there are times when working on a WIP bring small bursts of joy that I call flashes of delight. Here are some situations that might make me sit back and smile. It’s then I realize that my job is the best in the world.
1. When I finally discover the “why” behind a character I plopped into the story seemingly for no reason at all. He or she may have been there for days and I didn’t know why. I even worried about editing him/her out. Then, bam! Inspiration hits like a bolt of lightning, and now his/her purpose is revealed as a central part of my plotting. JOY!
2. Writing really good dialog that makes me either laugh out loud or shed a tear. JOY!
3. Experiencing a day when my fingers can’t keep up with the story in my head. JOY!
4. Helping another writer plot past a rocky part in their WIP. JOY!
5. Reading a really great review of one of my books. JOY!
6. Having a plot twist pop into my head when I least expect it. JOY!
These are some of the events that bring me joy; I’d love to hear what delights you most in your reading or writing.
Watch for Caroline’s upcoming releases!
Moon Over Montana, June 2014
Mail-Order Brides of the West: Kathryn, August 25
West Winds of Wyoming, September 30, 2014