Writing JOY

How do we write joy? How do you write yourself into joy? Into joyousness? I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Right now, there is so much written in our world that is negative. I don’t want to add to people’s lives with a big pile of negativity or sadness or joylessness. So, can I write what I need to write and bring joy- to myself and others.

As a writer, I can’t control how people read something. I might think I’m contributing to a life affirming feeling with my writing and there may be someone out there who doesn’t agree and doesn’t have the experience of what I wrote being life affirming. So, I can only have good intentions for my writing and as best as I can, I have to let go of how people take it. That doesn’t mean I am always writing about butterflies and cute puppies or kittens. I might need to write something more intense, but is it bringing awareness, light, life, joy to others? To myself?

If we want to create a more joyful world through our writing, that begins with us. Does what I write bring joy to me? Does what you write bring joy to you?

There are many things we write that we will never share with others, that’s okay. They might need to be written before we can get to the other stuff that needs to be shared with others. Do we feel good that we wrote it? If we needed to write it, then hopefully so.

What if we allow the creative spirit to move through us? To not judge what we write. To not worry what we write. To write for us. To write for others. To write freely, allowing the pen go where it wants, how it wants to go, across the paper. Do we write what we need to write? Does that bring us joy? Might it bring joy to others? To identify with a story we tell, with words we put forth, to laugh or cry with us from afar.

So, let’s write some joy into our lives, if we can. Here are a couple of options for writing.

  1. Write about joy. When did you first feel joy? When is a time that is joyful that stands out to you? Why does it stand out? What color is that joy? What does that joy taste like? What does it feel like in your body? How do you notice it?
  2. Write about awe. When did you first feel in awe of something or when was a time you felt awe? What was it? Where were you? Was awe good? Was it scary? Was it joyful? What did you notice about it? Is awe connected to joy in this memory? Is it connected to your imagination and wonder?

I want to invite you to write to either of these prompts or to both of them. If you are having trouble, I invite you to begin like a letter, Dear Joy,… OR Dear Awe,…

Where does joy appear in your life? When did it come in? When was the last time it visited? Did it stay a while or leave? How can you bring joy to you? How can you write joy into your life. I invite you to take time to play and to bring a little joy to you today.

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Be well. Be joyful!



Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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