Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.
The joy of writing has propelled me from day to day and year to year.
It sounds trite, doesn’t it? The “joy” of writing. Sarcastic me says this with air quotes.
Sarcastic me has a lot to learn. Because joy is the thing that propels a story.
It’s the energy, the excitement, the momentum. When I lose sight of joy and wallow in self-criticism and doubt, my story is done for. Why? Because fear kills joy.
I’ve stalled out with enough stories to know.
The trouble with a lot of people who try to write is they intellectualize about it. That comes after. The intellect is given to us by God to test things once they’re done, not to worry about things ahead of time.
I have a chapter to finish this afternoon. Instead of focusing on what I’m doing wrong, I want to lose myself in the sweep and swing of the story. Because while craftsmanship and hard work are important, it is joy that propels the writer.