One of my favorite books on writing is Take Joy by Jane Yolen.
We writers are a dramatic bunch. We talk about the blood, sweat and tears that go into finding the perfect words. We wake up every day facing a blank page. We struggle with writers block. We try to find balance between writing and our real lives.
Take Joy was recommended by a friend who is in the Hamline MFA in Writing for Children Program. She had to read if to school and she told those of us in her writing group about it. I may never be able to afford to get an MFA from Hamline but I can always buy books.
This book reminds writers that it isn't all about bleeding onto the paper and struggling with writers block and endless rejections. We really write because it brings us joy. Or that is why I write. I really couldn't imagine a life where I didn't write.
This book is full of great advice for writers. Advice like write everyday. My favorite piece of advice from this book is about elevating a story from real life. About letting the story have its own life instead of the life we want it to have.
Why do you write? How do you keep the joy in your writing?