Snoopy Dancing: Why I Write

The Tea Chest is just days away from hitting the bookshelves. So today, I’d like to stop and look at what’s brought me to this moment. I’d like to talk about joy.

joy-235x300You see, joy is the reason I write. At a fundamental level, I am happiest when I write and I am a cranky banshee bear when I don’t. (Just ask my husband–I’m tremendous fun to be around when I’ve got writers block.) Writing makes me happy. But here’s the thing. My writing can make the person who reads it happy too. Isn’t that neat? What a great job!

I feel incredibly blessed to have had my book published after spending twelve years writing ten books (five fiction and five non-fiction), with The Tea Chest being the lucky latest. There were some pretty rough patches in that time, with so many heartbreaking near misses. There was at least one time that I came a bunny’s whisker to giving up writing. Like, for good. But as soon as I read a new great story, I felt joy, I felt inspired, I felt renewed, and back to the keyboard I went.

The world’s a tough place out there. Have you noticed? I feel like every day, with more and more technology brining the outside world into our inner world at a rapid-fire rate (often, and unfortunately, without our deliberate intention), we have to work harder and harder to say, hang on a minute, there’s joy out there too. On a bigger level, I want to shout out to the world that I choose something different. I choose kindness, I choose joy, I choose nurturing.

Stories bring us hope, new beginnings and new endings, alternative ways of working through problems, creative answers and a chance to imagine a new life. They let us take risks in our heart and mind, to test them out, before we have to take them in real life. This is why I write. And what an honour it is to be given at the vehicle of a publishing contract, to be able to do that.

So as I work my way through the publication and publicity of my first book, each new step a huge learning adventure, I will ground that intention into everything I do and every book I write from here on. And, yeah, when I see The Tea Chest on the shelves for the first time, I’ll definitely be breaking out a little Snoopy dance.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Congrats!
    A quick question tho’ – everyone I talk to says you have to write every day – every moment is an option to write. I feel that to write requires focus but more in the guise of emotion that work. What do you think works for you?

    1. Josephine says:

      Thank you, and great question! I think you’ve got to find what works for you. I do ‘something’ every day ( but I don’t necessarily ‘write’, as in, sit at the keyboard or with a notepad. But I’m always working in some way, but really just because I can’t turn myself off. I’m a bit of a work horse like that. I’ll be writing in my head quite a bit. And I agree — emotional focus is huge in writing. There are no set rules on how to write except the ones that work for you 🙂

  2. Suzanne in Sydney says:

    Josephine, are you coming to Sydney and/or suburbs to launch your book? Hope to see you down here later in the year.

    1. Josephine says:

      Hi Suzanne, thanks for stopping by 🙂 No Sydney plans in the immediate future but you never know. I’m always happy to talk about my book 🙂

  3. Margo Gibbs says:

    Josephine, your post brought tears to my eyes, especially when you talked about being happiest when you are writing. I’ve nearly given up writing so many times in my life but something just keeps pulling me back.

    We’ll done on finally being published. I hope your book does incredibly well, and I will definitely be buying a copy.

    I’m a writer who has moved from writing non fiction books to first chapter books. I write with my adult daughter about a young mermaid detective who lives on The Great Barrier Reef.

    If you have the time in your hectic life for a coffee and a chat I would love too meet you face to face.

    Best regards,
    Margo Gibbs

    1. Josephine says:

      Hi Margo, your website looks gorgeous 🙂 Well done! I’m so pleased you found some inspiration here and hope your writing continues to grow and bloom. I am in Brisbane three Saturdays in May if you’re able to pop along. Just check out the events page 🙂

  4. Hello, I really love your second paragraph about writing and joy.
    I’m working on a book at the moment about real people who love writing. It’s to inspire people that anyone can write. I’d love to include that second paragraph and was wondering if you’d let me include it in the book?
    You can find out more about the book here:

    1. Josephine says:

      Hi, I’m open to the idea. Could you please email me at with a few more details and your name 🙂 Thanks!

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