In its simplest form, it's the pleasure of holding a pen and moving its tip across the paper. It's seeing what makes it onto the paper, the joy of finding tiny surprises, words or lines that strike me or tickle me. It's reading and rereading books about writing. I love Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones. It's reading authors and poets for inspiration. There are too many to name, but I've always felt deep connections to Sandra Cisneros, Mary Oliver, and Joy Harjo. It's becoming present and enhancing my senses so I can begin to see the nuances in ordinary things. It's the detective work, from choosing the right word to the missing piece of a distant memory. It's being vulnerable to the emotions that surface in certain writing moments. It's even the defeat I feel when I struggle with every word on the page. It's finding a sudden spark of something like hope and curiosity to go back to the page and try again. It's the promise of connecting with a reader, that your reader will find a small token in your writing that speaks to them. What about you? Why do you write?