Last night, my husband and I were watching a stand-up comedian on television. Pete Holmes elicited big laughs from his bit about finding moments of joy, which, fitting for a writer, referenced Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. “I see joy everywhere,” he said as part of the bit. Right then and there, I set my writing goal for the summer: to see joy everywhere in my writing.
In many ways, writing already brings me great joy. Along with reading and spending quality time with my family, it ranks in the top three things I would prefer to be doing on any given day. I look forward to the time I get to spend crafting stories. I revel in the creativity and challenges that accompany the process. I get a thrill when I find a solution to a problem that’s been stumping me or a plot twist pops into my head. I’m energized when I talk to other writers about their projects. I’m always, always thinking about my characters and how I can bring them to life on the page. I’m sad when writing takes a back seat to everyday tasks like washing dishes and chauffeuring my children to their various activities.
Despite those things, I don’t know that I’ve ever made a concerted effort to see joy everywhere in my writing. So I’m going to up the ante by keeping a journal of the joy I discover along the way. I’ll report back at the end of the summer to let you know what I discovered. Maybe you’ll be inspired to do the same and share the joy in your writing with us here.