Does it get any better than this? Probably not, unless, of course, you're sharing them with your sweetie!
Writers have to look for joy in the small things in life, not the great triumphs, but the small victories. Not finishing that novel, but starting it. Not writing the climactic scene, but finding that little something to add into the story to which everyone can relate. Realizing that the sentence you just wrote was actually grammatically correct--for once! Being happy you have a spell checker when you try to write a word like grammatically.
I guess what I'm saying is that writing is like pizza and beer with a little chocolate for dessert. It's not fancy, and though you may have to pay a bit more than you'd like, the rewards are great and the victories are, well, victorious.
Few things can compare with getting emails from readers telling you how much they enjoyed your book and are looking forward to the next one. The trick is to take the time to savor those small victories and not get bent out of shape when you lose out in other areas. Your day will come if you keep at it--maybe. But isn't the maybe what makes you get out of bed in the morning? Maybe today is the day I'll get that contract, hear from that agent, see words that I've written finally packaged in book form.
I've been missing out on the joy lately. Pressures from this, that, or the other have been squashing the fun. But, starting today, I'm going to try looking at the fun side as much as I can. There are things in my books that I feel very strongly about; things that I shouldn't give up on, no matter what. I'm writing for a different audience than most, so I know I won't please everyone, but I've let things others have said sway me far too much, so much so that I sometimes lose sight of what I set out to do when I began to write, which was to have fun; not sweat blood and let every little thing drive me to the brink.
The ladies who visit my blog know what I'm talking about. They've seen me through some strange, but wonderful times. The time has now come to enjoy the fruits of my labors--not the monetary ones, but the joyful ones.
I'm about to embark on the revisions to the fifth book in the Cat Star Chronicles series, and I'm actually excited about some of them--not feeling like it's some form of penance for being a rotten writer.
I just hope I can keep that attitude long enough to finish it by May 10th. . . .
Oy, vey! I almost forgot the hunk!
Now, that's joy. . . .