I want to write with joy and abandon. I want to write purely for the love of it, the way much of Growing Up Ivy was written.
I don't want to care if what I write is ever published, or if the right people find it worth reviewing. I want to write to satisfy something inside me, and I call that JOY.
The business end of writing can be miserable. Everyone knows it's not for the the easily-discouraged. But it is also competitive and can destroy optimism. There are aspects of the business that bring out the worst in me.
Be gone, I say! Who wants to be mean-spirited? Life's too short for that.
Write on, with joy and abandon!