My father, who was a writer and loved his characters, his stories and the English language, often quoted Henry Cary, an Eighteenth Century poet, dramatist and song-writer: "This itch of writing hath no end, no ease."
No matter the many rejections my father received, I never heard him complain that writing was painful. It was his passion. When his brilliant, creative mind was devoured by Alzheimer's, and he didn't know who anyone was, he talked on and on about Michael Oliver O'Toole, one of his favorite characters in a detective series he wrote (and never had published).
So here is my list of what makes writing happy and fills it with the deepest kind of emotional and heartfelt, soulful happiness:
- A happy itch!
- A challenging ride!
- A Mystery!
- Magic! (Surely, of the deepest kind!)
- Journey into Self!
- A Love Story!
- Happy, passionate and creative!