Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30 Things Writers Have to be Thankful For

by Alycia W. Morales
@AlyciaMorales

Sometimes, as writers, we tend to focus on the negative things happening in our writing life rather than the positives. Maybe you've been waiting to hear back from an agent or editor ... for months. Maybe you've gotten discouraged as you watch the end of NaNoWriMo approach, and you've only got 15,000 words written - a far stretch from the 50,000 needed to "win." Maybe life is overwhelming, so you've had to put your pen down for a while.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I thought it would be a great time to encourage you with 30 things we writers STILL have to be thankful for.



1. An abundance of ideas. And if you don't have an idea right now, at least you can find...
2. Brainstorming partners. Because getting together with friends is always fun. You can share...
3. A large pot of coffee. (Keep it coming, please!) And if coffee isn't your thing, well...
4. A hot cup of tea. So now it's time to turn on your...
5. Writing playlist. Because music is always inspiring. If that doesn't work, you can go for a walk in...
6. Nature. Sometimes, it's a breath of fresh air that does the trick. If not, you can always read...
7. Books. It's a great way to learn the craft of writing. Like osmosis. Another way is to attend...
8. Conferences. Because at conferences, you can enjoy...
9. Networking. Meeting new writers is always a treat, because...
10. Other writers "get you." They understand, because they're not normal either. And writers are great...
11. Best Friends. Have you ever gotten together for dinner/game nights? It's great material for your...
12. Journals. Which leads me to...
13. Sticky Notes. Did you know they came in different patterns? And how about...
14. Pinterest. Full of ideas and articles and all sorts of eye candy. If you don't like that, you can always use...
15. Scrivener. That's got bulletin boards too.
16. Keyboards. I'm thankful I don't have to suffer writing cramps from using...
17. A good pen. One that doesn't blot. Or smear. Or barely write. Because I love...
18. Writing. What's better than...
19. Being a Creative. We have the most fun in...
20. Life. Because you can't really write well until you get out and live. Then there's always...
21. Introspection and Alone Time. Which is a great time to find...
22. Inspiration. And while you're enjoying that, have some...
23. Chocolate. (Or whatever else you love chewing on.) Don't forget to share some with your...
24. Mentors. It's always wonderful to have someone or someones who are ready to give...
25. Encouragement. Especially when you've gotten another rejection letter. But they also love...
26. Celebrations. Especially when you've gotten a...
27. New Contract. That means you'll be getting...
28. Paychecks. Advances. Royalties. And it also means you must have...
29. Fans. Isn't it great to be loved? At least for your...
30. Words. Because without them, we wouldn't be writers.

One final thing I'm thankful for are contests. And Andrea has a great one running from her post last week. You can read about it here {click this sentence}. The deadline is November 30, so be sure to join the fun!

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1 comment:

  1. Thankful for your reassuring words in an overwhelming life! Writing fewer words, storing ideas, and looking forward to a writer's paradise of quiet, inspiration, and fast moving fingers on a keyboard!

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