"I do it for the joy it brings"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In a post about why she blogs, Birmingham-based blogger and editor Erin Street quoted my favorite Ani DiFranco song, “Joyful Girl,” and inspired my blog post for today.

For years I've thought that this song, particularly the first verse, describes perfectly my love for writing. It explains why I've wanted to be a writer since the age of 7 even though it's a rather thankless and low-paying occupation that most people regard as a hobby. 

But last week as I was listening to the song (on repeat) in my car I realized the first verse also explains why I'm so determined to build up See Jane Write. I've been asked plenty of times why I bother organizing events for local women writers even though I'm not making money off my efforts. In fact, I usually spend money to make these events happen. And yes, the time I spend on these programs I could be using to work on my own writing. But the joy, the downright giddiness, that I feel when working on See Jane Write activities is invaluable. 

I do it for the joy it brings
Because I'm a joyful girl 
Because the world owes me nothing
And we owe each other the world. 
I do it because it's the least I can do 
I do it because I learned it from you
I do it just because I want to
Because I want to
-- Ani DiFranco, "Joyful Girl" 

Crossposted at the See Jane Write blog.

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