THE JOYS AND FRUSTRATIONS OF WRITING
Having others enjoy your work. The feedback I get from work I put on the Shortbread Short Stories site is really useful.
Enjoying the writing! When the work is going well, you really do get a buzz out of it!
Enjoying other writers’ work more. You do appreciate the effort more when you have a go at story telling yourself!
When you want to write but the sadnesses of life get in the way. (I try to write anything during these times. Something good may come from it later).
When your head is buzzing with ideas, which sounds an odd thing to list as a frustration, but it can mean being stymied by the old question as to which you follow up first!
When your head isn’t buzzing with ideas as that is more obviously a worry!
When the sadnesses of life seem overwhelming, writing makes a fantastic therapy as it literally takes you out of the situation for a while as you focus on your imaginary worlds and characters.
You can work out some of your frustrations by inventing characters who get their comeuppance, these people representing those who have given you grief. The best thing is only you will know (it’s the safest thing too, you don’t want to risk being sued).
There is nothing to beat the feeling you have when a story “comes together” unless it is that feeling when you discover it’s going to be published (hopefully).