Truman Capote shares something we should consider. We talk day after day about the difficulties writers face. You know the ones--rejections, finding the right title, grammar and spelling, writing with emotion and more.
We know all the problems we encounter as writers but what about the pleasures? What in your writing life makes you feel satisfied? Or happy? Or even thrilled? Or just contented?
Some of the pleasures in my writing life are:
1. getting an acceptance from an editor
2. finishing a writing project
3. writing phrases that sing back to me
4. finding an idea for a new story
5. hearing from readers
6. watching a story grow bit by bit
7. placing in a contest
8. getting a critique with more positives than negatives
9. knowing that my writing may be helpful to some readers
10. receiving comments on my blog posts
11. mingling with other writers at conferences
12. chatting with other writers online
13. doing something I love
14. stringing words together that make sense
15. sharing my experiences with others
Make your own list of the parts of your writing life that bring pleasure to you. Then, the next time the negatives rear up and hiss at you, read the list to remind yourself why you continue to write.