It’ll be Thanksgiving here in the U.S. in just a couple days and that means it’s that time of year we reflect on the things we’re grateful for. Of course it’s important to count your blessings the rest of the year, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having one special day we focus on it a little bit sharper. Although I won’t be having much of a celebration this year because I have to work, I can still spend some time being grateful for the good things.
Since this blog is dedicated to writing, I thought I’d share with you some of my “writer thankfulness.” These are the things about writing–and the writing community–that I’m grateful for. Please feel free to chime in and tell me what you’re thankful for as a writer too!
My Writing Gratitude List:
- I’m grateful for writing, full stop. Writing has always been an integral part of who I am, so much it makes up a big chunk of my personality. Writing has never left me, even during the bad times, and in fact it sometimes helped get me out of the bad times. I’m so grateful to be blessed with it and carry it with me. I love being a writer.
- I’m grateful for the ability to tell stories. Whatever this is I possess–innate talent, learned ability, or a mixture of the two–I’m very glad it chose me. I’m glad for how my brain works, and that I have the ability to put it all down in words for the world to see. Whatever drew me to it and makes me stick with it, I’m grateful for it.
- I’m grateful for the community of writers. There are so many ways to connect with other writers, especially in this day and age. It’s magnificent to be able to share your ups and downs with others and perfectly understand each other, no matter where you are on the ladder of success. I’m grateful for the readers of this blog. A few years ago I never would have IMAGINED myself as a prolific blogger, I hated blogging! I still boggle at what a huge readership I’ve managed to cultivate and I’m so, so grateful for all of you.
- I’m grateful for all the things I’ve learned. My journey has helped me learn so many things about writing. I love writing, and learning how to do it in the best way possible, learning the mechanics of it, and learning every day how to be a better writer, is truly a joy. There’s so many things to be grateful for, from the editors who taught me the technical aspects to the things I’ve learned about marketing and the business side of it. I’m grateful for every lesson I’ve received.
- I’m grateful for the success I’ve had. Though I may not be a household name or even as big as a lot of writers, I’m grateful for every publication, glowing review, and special opportunity I’ve gotten. I’m glad for every acceptance and the few dollars I’ve made, though they be paltry. I may not be the biggest fish in the pond but I’m grateful that I’m allowed to swim at all.
- I’m grateful for readers. Of course, I’m immensely grateful for the people who actually read my work. A writer isn’t much without a reader. I’m grateful for all the people who take a chance on me and buy a book, and especially those who let me know what they thought of it. I’m grateful each and every day that I can hammer out these tales, and at least a few people care.
- I’m grateful for the technology that lets me write. Technology has advanced dramatically in an astonishingly fast period of time, and it’s no different in the writing world. I cut my writing teeth on manual typewriters and now I have a very nice laptop. I’m grateful that writing is so easy now, and I guarantee you none of us are nostalgic for the days of hammering out words on papyrus. Sure, we may romanticize the idea of the seasoned writer smoking his pipe while he clicks away on his old fashioned typewriter, but those typewriters were also clunky, cantankerous, and if you screwed up there was no backspace or delete key. Hardly anyone wrote first drafts on typewriters because that was a huge waste of ink, paper, and time. I’m so grateful for the technology that gets the words from my brain to the page smooth, fast, and cleanly now.
- I’m grateful for the stories of others. Creativity begets creativity, and I’m grateful for all the wonderful stories written by others that inspire me. I’m grateful for the things people share that entertain me. I’m grateful for everyone who chooses to shine a beacon of distraction in a dark, cold world.
Those are a few of the things I’m grateful for. What are you grateful for? What is your writer thankfulness this year?