I saw the title Take Joy:A Writer's Guide To Loving the Craft on the list and double clicked. Then I noticed the author's name--Jane Yolen. I usually mull over purchases for a while, but not this one. Without even reading the blurb I ordered it.
I admire Jane Yolen as an author. I admire her impressive body of published works. I admire her skill which I think is almost unequalled. I enjoy with every part of me every PB she has to her credit--every time I re-read them. They are poetic in the truest sense of the word. So, I decided that I would definitely learn something from this little title.
I read so often that writing is laborious, it is agony, it is hard, hard work. I know those things are true. I know because I experience it. But I do grow weary of hearing so often from so many sources how agonizing it is write for publication.
I'm almost finished with this book and Yolen does acknowledge the difficulties and struggles of being an author. BTW-she makes a clear distinction between being a "writer" and an "author" in an interesting way. However, her emphasis is on the great joy she chooses to find in the writing process. On page 4 she says:
"I contend it is not the writing that makes writers miserable. It is the emphasis on publication."
That gives me hope. Like Yolen I don't want to spend the rest of my life in agony. I choose to write joyfully.
I am enjoying every page of this book. Much of what she says strikes a harmonious chord with my own thoughts. But Yolen says it so much better than I can! Next Friday I'll try to give you some specifics about the book along with my reactions.
For now, I'm harnessed to the final sentence of her first "chapter."
"Do not be afraid to grab hold of the experience with both hands and take joy." (p. 12)
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