Friday, July 22, 2011

Writer’s Block (Part 14 of 16)

The Joy of Writing

It may seem strange to write about joy in the midst of writer's resistance, but I think the secret of being a productive, serious, and committed writer is that it brings joy. It's fun. I'm often emotionally drained at the end of the day, but I've had fun. I've created words that become sentences that grow into paragraphs.

Maybe one way to say it is that the pleasure we find in writing is the positive sign that it's our gift, our calling, our destiny. Good writing doesn't come out of rigid self-discipline. (Notice, I said rigid.) We need discipline to write, especially in the early days. But if we feel we have to force ourselves to write or grumble because we don't have enough time to write, we might do well to leave the craft alone.

I've been writing and publishing for nearly 40 years. I began to write shortly after I finished seminary and had entered a doctoral program. I discovered so much pure joy in writing that I lost interest in earning a PhD. I've never regretted that decision.

Feeling joy and pleasure in writing
are excellent antidotes to writer's resistance.

4 comments:

  1. That is inspiring! I'm finding that joy now. Maybe because I'm really working on my craft.

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  2. What an inspiration! Your blog is such a gift. Thank you for sharing these things with us.

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  3. Excellent post. I gave up writing fulltime for a couple of years, but returned to it this summer after much soul-searching. It has been a joyful experience - even my husband comments on how much happier I seem now.

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  4. I always think of that comment in Chariots of Fire, "When I run, I feel God's pleasure."

    When I write, I feel God's pleasure. And when someone tells me that my writing helped them know God better or made them laugh, it's a regular party inside!

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