Writers can measure success by the numbers: words written, books sold, money earned, awards won. But there's a qualitative aspect to success that's just as important:
Are you feeling the joy?
seem strange for the writer of dark contemporary YA to speak of joy. But
there's a satisfaction in expressing something that feels true, in
finding the vein of hope that runs through our darkest human
experiences. Writing can be frustrating and sad and puzzling on
occasion, and it's a huge amount of work, but it can also be fun. It
isn't fun every minute, but some wellspring has to feed the incredible
drive it takes to get from the first page of a book to the last. How do
you stay in touch with that joy?
A couple of notes, for those interested:
My short story, "The Stage Manager," appears in the latest version of Hunger Mountain.
I'll be appearing at the Neshaminy Mall (PA)
Barnes & Noble this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 4 PM. I'll be
there with several other authors: Ellen Jensen Abbott, Cyn Balog, Alison
Formento, Alissa Grosso, Amy Holder, Keri Mikulski, Nancy Viau, and
Cynthia Chapman Willis. Once again, I'll have an advance copy of Try Not to Breathe with me, and the first person who asks me for it can have it.