Monday, April 30, 2012

The Joy of Writing

Promising writer and fisherman
It was my pleasure and delight to listen to my six-year-old grandson read his story to me yesterday afternoon. He was so excited to share it--and oh, yes, the illustrations that accompanied it. The story was about a "trdl" and a snake named Hiss. His eyes grew wide with excitement as he read the two animals went to the "mestrius" (Mysterious) Woods. He giggled when those words rolled off his tongue.

I told him I loved his choice of "sithering" slithering to describe the snake. And he agreed it was the right word for a snake.

I cannot tell you the end of the story because he is only on page 6 and it is going to be 13 pages long. It may be awhile before he finishes the tale because he has to draw the "trdl" and Hiss as they go along on their adventure.

Let me tell you what an adventure it was for me soaking in all the joy and delight this six-year-old exhibited at sharing this wonderful story. I hope he never loses this very special feeling of satisfaction and happiness he receives while writing a story.

I too sometimes get giddy when reading my own story. Or should I admit that? I chuckle at some of the particularly humorous phrases (funny to me anyway) and cringe at frightening scenes and even get a bit misty-eyed when I read an especially warm and meaningful conversation. I must say I enjoy the "work."

Yes we all have those days when we can't stick three words together, but then I remember the exhilaration when just the right phrases and emotions tumble out on the page. That keeps me going.

Hearing my grandson's giggles and chuckles as he read his work certainly reminded me of the joy of writing.


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Ah, that is so kewl, Janet. He's following in your footsteps. I still get excited when a scene comes together too. I smile despite myself. Course, the only reason I know I'm smiling is because my husband asks, "What'cha smiling 'bout?"

J.Q. Rose said...

Glad you have the joy of writing too. I can just picture you smiling as you write. Keep writing! Thanks for stopping in.

Tess Grant said...

I'm having a can't-string-the-words-together day, but reading this sure made me smile! Makes me hope for a better writing day tomorrow too. That fish and that smile sure made my day.

Roseanne Dowell said...

Does your family have a fascination for snakes? LOL What a precious story. I hope he never loses that passion either. When reading my own books, I sometimes cry at certain spots in my books even though I know it's coming.

J.Q. Rose said...

Tess, glad you smiled. Thank you.

J.Q. Rose said...

Roseanne, the second part of the afternoon which I did not disclose here was me telling Owen I had a story with snakes in it too! He wanted to read it, so I got my kindle out and read him a few parts about my slithering snakes. So much fun sharing our snake stories!!

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