This last weekend my family and I celebrated with the rest of our nation. We stopped to celebrate and contemplate for what we were the most thankful.
As a writer, I have a list too.
I’m thankful that it’s super easy to get my words into the hands of readers. I’m thankful for great tools like Scrivener, Evernote, Hemingway, Canva and my MacBook Air to make writing as physically and organizationally easy as it can be. I’m thankful for Createspace and Kindle Direct that became the best solution for my self-publishing needs. I’m thankful that there has never been a better time to be a writer. What was impossible ten years ago now is an everyday occurrence. I am very thankful for technology.
But technology is just a tool. I’m thankful that my writing has allowed me to meet readers and writers from all over the world. I’m thankful for Facebook and Twitter which are the tools I use to find them. I’m thankful that connecting with people has never been easier. I’m thankful for every reader of this website, every comment, every connection and every lurker. It means a lot to me that you stop by even if I never know why.
I’m thankful that my writers group, 10 Minute Novelists, has surpassed all of my expectations. I’m thankful for the inspiration I found as a result of this group. I’m thankful that relationships are developing in the group, that the writers are inspired to find time to write and be better in their writing. I’m humbled and overjoyed by what this group has become. I can’t wait to see what happens to it next year.
I’m thankful for my writer friends who have been with me for the last five years. These are the friends who know me the best and if anything they’ve wiped a few tears in my heartache and were the first to jump for joy with me in my victory. I wouldn’t have had today’s successes with out the pain and struggle of yesterday.
I find it so interesting that my writing dreams are so much more than words on a document. Published books are nice and it really does feel good to see my name on the copyright page and deposit those advance checks, but the real joy in this journey, is the people. How could I do this without the people in my life? If I never write another book nor post another blog I would have considered myself rich as a writer because of the friends I’ve made.
This is why I am thankful.