The Blessings of Thanksgiving for Writers

Thanksgiving is a time to take (turkey?) stock of the blessings that writers have:

  • Loving to learn, read, write, serve your readers, and share your passions
  • Stringing words together like lights that enlighten your readers
  • Knowing that you’re doing what you were born to do
  • Having literary and publishing goals that motivate you to achieve them
  • Having ideas to write about
  • Writing what people want to read
  • Producing work that has social value
  • Writing work you can resell in other forms, media, and countries
  • Having technology to  help you create, share, promote, and profit from your work
  • Experimenting with new ways to express your ideas
  • Being supported by your friends and family
  • Having a community of early readers
  • Having fans who love what you write
  • Being liked and respected by authors you admire
  • Having an agent, editor, publisher, and fans who champion your work
  • Finding new ways to Monetize your work
  • Having a community of collaborators to help you
  • Maintaining a balance between work, home, and leisure
  • Earning enough income to support your writing habit
  • Not having everything you want
  • Having challenges that bring out the best in you
  • Being so energized by your work and your readers that you wake up every day eager to write
  • Living in a home and community that cherish creativity
  • Being part of  a business which is a labor of love

Then of course, on Friday, there are turkey sandwiches on dill rye with mayo and pepper…

 I hope you’ll share these blessings and let me know which ones I left out.


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  1. Dear Kellli:

    Many thanks for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that you appreciate that you’re part of the luckiest generation of writers who ever lived. Best of luck with your writing.

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