J is for Joy. Happily Ever After endings fill us with a sense of Joy. So does reaching the end of each successive draft. For me each draft is celebration time as my Joy multiples. Honestly, with so many things I do (or rather we all do) just getting the time to write can be quite an effort. And managing to reach the end makes me super happy.
Joyous feelings fill our hearts when we hear of our blog buddies, crit partners and friends success. When I heard that my critique partner in New Zealand has got an agent I celebrated with her. There is a sense of achievement (because in our small way we have helped them reach that milestone) when we hear of all these accomplishments.
And seeing a book that you have read in the manuscript stage sit prettily on bookshelves the world over is simply a joyful experience. I was thrilled to see my name in the acknowledgement section of my crit partner’s book.
What makes you joyful in your writing life?
Note: this is my post for the A to Z Challenge. My theme is Emotions and Feelings writers experience.