The Disney character, Goofy, was my late father’s favorite cartoon character. I keep this small stuffed doll on my bookcase, easy to see to help me remember how cheerful, kind, and engaging my Dad was. There are other reminders in my office, but this doll never fails to make me smile. It’s a good idea for all writers to have a symbol, a token that helps us lighten-up, stay irreverent, not take ourselves too seriously. Then we can go back to the business of creating stories, making up our own beloved characters, and enjoying the process. Writing should also be enjoyable.