Friday, March 11, 2016

J is for Joy


Margaret talks about the joy of writing
 

Anyone who hasn’t written a book cannot possibly know how much pleasure it gives the writer. Admittedly it’s hard work at times but it is also extremely rewarding.

As a romantic novelist I create characters who live in my head for months at a time. They become my friends. I know every intimate detail about them. I’m often asked whether I base any of them on real people; on myself, my family, my friends, but, no. They’re all pure imagination. I did actually hear from one reader, a distant relative of mine, who was sure I’d based a character on a family member. I hadn’t, not consciously at least.

But the people in my books do become real when I write about them and that is the joy of writing. I live their life vicariously.

There is immense pleasure in creating new characters and learning their story, then re-telling that story to the readers. I make copious notes before I even begin to write but I don’t plot my book out in detail. I prefer to let my characters tell me their story.

I cannot imagine a job that would bring me as much joy as writing does. Admittedly I have bad days, days when I think I’ll never write again, but thankfully they are few and far between.

                                                    JOY

 

 

 

11 comments:

  1. Must admit I'm not feeling very joyful at present, after struggling with one of my chapters for nearly a month! I don't usually feel joyful until the first draft is done! Then I start to enjoy the story!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling joyful at the moment. But I bet you will after your less than joyful chapter is finally done.

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  2. Yeah...my joy is missing at the moment. But I'm plodding along and hoping to find it again.

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    1. I'm sure you'll find it soon, Jennifer. It never alludes us for too long.

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  3. I'm celebrating mini-milestones to generate the joy to rush down into, and out of, the next cravasse.

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    1. A good idea, Ana. I like the idea of celebrating.

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  4. I'm doing a happy dance when finally I've got something to go right! :D

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    1. Carol, I feel your excitement. Fingers crossed that there's more to follow.

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  5. I can so relate, Margaret. Growing up, I totally wanted to be friends with Nancy Drew. Now, when I create characters in my stories, I totally want to hang out with them. They definitely become real to me.

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