Paula lists 10 different (writing) occasions when she jumps for joy!
Yesterday at this time, I had
no idea what to write for my ‘J’ post this week. I put a request on Facebook –
and was overwhelmed with all the suggestions, which ranged from Jello to
Juxtaposition. Many thanks to all my FB friends – who gave me enough ideas to
write a year’s worth of J posts! Apologies that I couldn’t use them all.
The one that ‘jumped’ out at
me was ‘Jumping for Joy’ – as I
immediately thought of all the joyful moments that occur when I’m writing. Here
are some of them:
1. When I see, hear, or read
something that sows a seed in my mind for a story, a scene, or a character.
2. When the seed starts to grow
and the basic outline of a story begins to take shape in my mind.
3. When my two main characters
somehow ‘appear’ in my mind, waiting for me to get to know them as I start to
write their story.
4. When a secondary character
appears out of the blue, leaving me thinking ‘Where on earth did he/she come
5. When the characters surprise
me by revealing something about themselves or their past lives that I didn’t
6. When I realise that I, like my
heroine, have fallen in love with the hero.
7. When I think I’m stuck on ‘what
happens next?’ and the solution jumps into my mind, sometimes when I’m driving,
or washing the dishes, or – as happened with ‘Irish Intrigue’- when a
brainstorming friend says just 4 words that gave me the elusive answer I’d been
8. When I complete the first
draft (after a lot of agonising and brain-searching) and get ready to revise,
tweak, and polish the story until I’m happy with it.
9. When someone tells me I kept
them awake because they couldn’t stop reading my story and I know I have
created a ‘page-turner’.
10. When my Amazon ranking jumps
up (meaning more sales) and/or when someone writes a glowing review of my book.
What makes you ‘jump for joy’?