Writers Write for their Own Joy

The last week has been a roller-coaster ride in terms of writing.

Some days a 1000 words have arrived in less than two hours. On others I could only find 200. After looking for them the whole day.

But I’ve learned to take it easy on myself and enjoy writing, even on the days of famine. I can be my own best friend, try to know myself, and forgive myself, let my self be, and watch it just wallow in creativity with no end goal in mind.

This isn’t for all the days (there will be months of editing), but for now I can just write for the pleasure of it, and not cry buckets if the words don’t come.

But I've learned to take it easy on myself and enjoy writing, even on the days of famine.

Writers Write for their Own Joy


What about you? Do you take joy in your reading, writing and general day to day life?

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78 thoughts on “Writers Write for their Own Joy

  1. When I have written, I do take joy in what I have done. My problem of late is the motivation. I’m really having to push myself. I’m not deriving joy in the process some of the time, but when I’ve finished I do a mental happy dance and if I’ve got enough energy I might actually exert a physical effort to trip a light fantastic around my office.

    A Faraway View

  2. I definitely get days where I can also produce a high number of words in a very short time. I do find that eating well and getting good sleep (as much as young kids let me, of course) make a huge difference.

  3. I agree that sometimes we need to go easy on ourselves! While I love writing and reading, there are days doing either is a struggle. Those are the days that I’ll go out and do something instead, so at least I can have a new (or familiar but fun) experience. I always come back to reading and writing again, which is the important part!

  4. I am experiencing that now! I just had a power weekend and wrote for 10 hours straight. It was somewhere around 20,000 words! Now, I get an idea to pull into what I have already created and it feels like my creative well is drained.

  5. I find that routines and rituals, for example, the same coffee cup, entering the study at the same time, and other such preliminaries symbolize the continuity required and help relax the mind and keep it focussed.

    Cheers, Laurie keim

  6. I’m always satisfied when I get some real writing done. These days (since publishing less than 5 mo. ago) I seem to spend more time on social media, blogging, responding to emails etc.! :(
    (Obviously need to hone my time management).

  7. Writing is always a joy.
    If it becomes a chore, I tend to leave it for a while, move onto something else.
    If my characters are alive, then so am I.

    Writing is a passion for me; unfortunately, time is always looming over my shoulder with other commitments that I need to see to.

    Therefore, while out and about, I tend to play out scenes from my stories in my head. When I return home, I’ll jot them down like little recipes which I’ll refer to the next time I have a writing binge.

  8. I do try and enjoy reading and writing day to day regardless of whether I accomplished much of either. Joy in day to day life I’m still working on, but I’m getting better :-)

  9. Joy in daily writing? That depends on what I am working on. If I am writing a blog post or something creative, then yes. If I am writing technical material (yes, a writer must earn money), then not so joyous. Thanks for your post, and keep up the writing. :-)

      • LOL – Not corny at all! It’s great that you have that luxury. I’m a salaried writer so I don’t get to pick my projects. Current project: Tab through every field in the UI, document what my expected results are and what the actual results are. (I’ve been hitting the coffee heavily.) Anyway, really like your blog. Keep up with the posts. Cheers!!

  10. I love writing, too, but it’s never been easy for me. There are days when I feel like my writing stinks and I’ll never improve. I have to tell myself none of that matters because even if I’m never published I’m still a writer.

  11. Most of the times I write because I feel that restless impulse inside that moves in me. But I do it everyday, I sit there and pour out whatever would come, I polish it, pray about it, hate it, love it, and not let go.

  12. I love that you make writing a ritual, even if the words are not coming. I am a high school English teacher, and we are reading Zinnser’s “On Writing Well.” He talks about writing no matter what, just like you do. My kids did not get it. I feel like sharing this post with them!

    Ooo, have you ever read Orwell’s “Why I Write” or the book titled the same? Fun to contemplate what pushes us to write!

  13. There’s so much emotion in these comments – both positive and negative. I never think about whether writing is easy or hard. Instead, I focus on what it is I’m trying to communicate. When I’m satisfied, I quit. Sometimes it takes 300 words, sometimes 2500 – but I’m very careful to use only the number of words that are absolutely necessary! ;-)

  14. Hi, Damyanti. I agree. It is difficult to find a topic for a post. But I find inspiration in the people I meet in my everyday life. So it has never been difficult. By the way, I still post on my blog- in case it has escaped your eye. The posts may not get indexed properly on your reader as I have not been regular at posting because of non-availability of an internet connection- a mixture of official apathy and our moving to a different place.:)

  15. I find if I’m struggling with writing what I’m supposed to be working on, then something that’s queuing up behind will get worked on much easier. Then I can go back refreshed. Or not. Which can mean it’s not working so put t aside. There’s always another project to work on :)

  16. Like most writers, for me, it’s like reading the classics. Having done it is a lot more fun than doing it in the first place.

    My record output is 10,000 words on a weekend. I’d changed from third person to first person, and the material was flowing very fast. The book was ultimately published as “Sail Away on My Silver Dream.”

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  18. Goodness, you big soppy girl, pull yourself together. Nice picture tho.

    I can easy do 200, but I’ll write about BO or hoovering. Floating off to pixieland for a big 4000 is much tougher. Even then I’ll get too excited and post draft minus 6 on wordpress – ruins my literrrrary career ;)


  19. When I was young writing was a form of self-therapy. Later in life writing also helped me make sense of life’s vagaries. Now I am retired writing is another of many creative outlets that express my absolute joy about being. Thank you for liking my post Repurposed Poems.

  20. I write for the joy of it, I write for therapy, I write to make a statement. And sometimes I just can’t write. I guess it’s something we all go through. Thanks for stopping by, come again.

  21. Writing to me is seeing my thoughts come together on paper and then releasing them into places I cannot go. I am often inspired to write when I am feeling weary or happy or when I have heard a great song. writing helps me calm my emotions.

  22. I love reading. I love writing. I enjoyed reading this. It’s a reminder that whatever wordcount we get to on any given day is ok. We need to give ourselves permission to just “be” sometimes.

    Well said!

  23. I find that words tend to flow more freely when I’m writing for my own joy, than when I’m trying to meet a deadline. Thanks for sharing! Its nice to be reminded that others share common ups and downs, and that all we have to do is reach out to show or receive a little support from time to time. :)

  24. “Some days a 1000 words have arrived in less than two hours. On others I could only find 200. After looking for them the whole day.”

    And some days we think the perfect words have finally arrived only to feel later on that those weren’t really the words we’re looking for. Oh the pain and joy in writing!!! :)

  25. I stopped writing for a while and started to become truly mad. The voices in my head were excessively loud and unmanageable; I formed a habit of chatting with myself and cachinnating in a thrilled voice, frightening those around me; my soul was constantly agonized. I write in order to keep sane. And to have the chance to really smile a genuine smile. I read to entertain the voices and pacify them; to calm my soul.

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