Unhappiness or Joy?


When I was a young girl (more or less), I watched the Ray Bradbury Theatre on television.  I can’t tell you what one of those shows was about but, I can tell you I watched every week.  Something must have been stirring inside me at that time about writing.  It is a shame  it took thirty years for it to really activate, and for me to appreciate the skill of good writers.   I know if I had started writing back then I would be ranked with the greats by now (My arm is now broke from patting myself on the back. I’ll put it in a cast later).

Watching a video of Ray Bradbary, when he was eighty-six years old prompted me to write this blog.  He said he could not have imagined when he was a young boy, he would live to be eighty-six.  He writes consistently and constantly.  His advice to writers: “Don”t write if you are unhappy.”  I can see his point, if we are so miserable in our world, how can we write a book.  Wouldn’t the book try to drag everyone  reading it down to that level?  I also think writing could not show anything positive, such as love, friendship, kindness, ect.  Make your life full of good feelings.  As we all know those bad ones come around all to frequently.

I enjoy writing and I never thought I would say those words.  I remember all of the papers I had to write in college that was painful to do.  I guess there is something to be said about writing what I want instead of what I have to write.  When I no longer have the joy, I will stop writing.  Until that time, I plan on writing daily as I have been, whether on my book or my blog.  That’s my two-cents for today.


About shirleymclain930

I'm a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I liked adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cat. They are like having a house full of three years olds. Now for the rest of the story. My Granddaughter and her husband now live with us and they have 4 dogs and 4 cats along with a giant Flemish Rabbit. My Granddaughter has now added beautiful, Olivia to our household. My fourth Great Grandchild. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.
  • Doug says:

    I don’t write when I pout. Or on a drunk. Or when I reading fiction. Well sometimes, reading fiction.

    But I do think Mr. Bradbary’s advise valid.

    Oh, and what’s a college?

  • Mary Biever says:

    I had never heard Bradbury’s advice about not writing when unhappy. It makes sense. Sometimes I write strongest when I am angry,however.