Despite Mother's Day, I enjoyed a good response to my first post. Not only did my fellow WWK bloggers welcome me, but so did some readers. I also received a number of comments by private email.
I posted about how I'd felt like turning cartwheels when seeing my first piece of fiction published. I've been publishing in nonfiction for many years, but my short story in the SinC Guppy chapter's second anthology marked my first foray into fiction. Almost everyone who commented agreed that they'd felt the same way at seeing their first novel or short story published.
Surprisingly, a few people admitted to me privately that they never feel anything special when seeing their work published. All were fiction writers. I found that sad. Why put all the time and effort into something such as crafting a novel when it brings you no pleasure whatsoever?
While the joy I'd felt when handed the anthology containing my story was greater than the combination of what I'd felt the first time I held or saw everything else I'd ever published, everything made me at the very least smile. In fact, when I look at my old stuff now, I still smile. And I can look at it because I've saved it all. I'm proud of my scribblings.
If you're a writer who doesn't derive any pleasure from your writing, perhaps you're working in the wrong genre. Perhaps instead of mystery, you should try your hand at romance or fantasy. Instead of novels, you should try short stories. Instead of fiction, nonfiction.
Do you have a hobby you enjoy? Perhaps using that as your backdrop would increase your pleasure. For example, if you're a mystery writer who collects stamps, make your sleuth a philatelist or set your book at a philatelists' convention. WWK blogger Warrren Bull, interviewed by E. B. Davis on Wednesday, is fascinated with the Civil War era and used that as a backdrop in his adult mystery novel, Abraham Lincoln for the Defense. Mystery novelist Sasscer Hill, WWK's Salad Bowl Saturday blogger last weekend, is passionate about horses and sets her books in the world of horse racing.
What do you write about? Do you enjoy it? If not, is there something in your life you could write about instead that would make you turn cartwheels?