Being Thankful – Writer’s Edition
Here in the US, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day where families often gather around a groaning table, eat way too much, and maybe watch a little football. At one point during the holiday, most people share something they’re thankful for.
In her post on Monday, Kay asked readers what they were thankful for. While we routinely mention family, friends, health, creature comforts, and maybe a pet or two, I thought we could lighten up and look at things less lofty. Little things, “writer-specific” things.
Here are a few of the little writerly things I’m thankful for, in no particular order
- No work wardrobe
- No commute to work
- Post-it notes and foam core boards
- Legal tablets, red pens, and highlighters
- Red squiggly lines
- Word’s Read Aloud
- Indie publishing
- Critique partners
- Draft2Digital’s free conversion software
- My editor
- My readers
What about you? What writer-specific things are you thankful for? (Note: TKZ is a given!)
And Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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1) Set my own hours.
2) Be my own boss (at least at the outset).
3) No co-workers bringing their drama into the office (except for constant companions Id, Ego, and Superego).
Thank you, Terry. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all on both sides of the screen at TKZ!
Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too, Joe.
Yes, TKZ is a given in the thanks department. I never thought about it until reading your post this morning–TKZ is the blog I have stuck with the longest, and I mean blogs of ANY subject matter. I think that’s pretty doggone impressive, TKZ.
I could make a list of writerly things to be thankful for but the most important thing is that I’m thankful that I can explore ideas and brainstorms through writing. I mean what else is there in the world like taking a brainstorm and developing it on paper (or computer) into a book? That is so awesome.
Yes, BK, being able to create a book is something to be thankful for. Thanks for making TKZ part of your day.
1. Freedom to write whatever I want.
2. Playing with imaginary friends.
3. Being the god of the story world. Unlike real life, I can see justice is done.
Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to the TKZ community!
Almost forgot–cut and paste.
Can’t forget cut and paste! Happy Thanksgiving Debbie.
And Control Z 🙂
Kindle Direct Publishing.
My editor (Mrs. B).
Patreon (for my short stories).
I’m sure your short stories are on many readers’ ‘thankful’ lists. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
Being able to write in my pajamas.
Yes! Cut and pace!
Patreon so I can geet JSB’s short stories.
My warped mind.
Deadlines or I’d never get anything written.
Get!!! not geet.
I don’t know, Patricia. I’m sure JSB wouldn’t mind a little geeting. Happy Thanksgiving.
I want some geeting, too!
Great question, Terry.
My wonderful beta readers
Grandchildren to inspire my stories
And a fantastic wife who allows me the freedom to write
A great big HAPPY THANKSGIVING, Terry, and to all the TKZ family!
Thanks, Steve. Story inspiration is always something to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May you have a blessed day full of good food and good company.
1) A valid reason for my school supply addiction
2) Computers, because even though writing by hand is okay, the machines make it SO much easier
3) My head is always filled with ‘people’ I like, and
4) It’s fun to spend time with them as I write their stories
Thanks, Becky. I’m totally on board with computers.
Great question, Terry…
I am grateful for almost 69 years of living-mistakes, joys, tragedies, confusion, surprises, plans made and scrapped, folks who came and went. (And did I mention mistakes up the ying-yang?)
Because I can foist all of that on my characters and watch them deal with it for awhile. 🙂
Hope the TKZ gang have a happy, healthy, blessed Thanksgiving!
Being thankful for real-life experiences to foist on characters — good one, Deb. Happy Thanksgiving
My characters and their worlds. I still happily play in them long after the book is finished.
So true, Marilynn – I expect to run into mine at the grocery store–that is, I did, when I still actually went into the store. Curbside pickup all the way now.
Audiobooks when I was young because I had no other way to read
My critique groups
Writing Excuses Podcast
Surrey International Writing Conference
Cinema Therapy (a youtube channel that discusses movies and character arcs)
My characters and how they never judge
Thanks for sharing, Azali – I’ll have to look into some of these.
Good morning, Terry. I love the writing gratitude running through this post and comments.
I’m thankful for being able to “pretend” on the screen and page.
Microsoft Word, Excel, Vellum, Freedom internet blocker.
Being publish myself–for KDP, Kobo Writing Life, Apple Books, Nook Press, Google Play Books, Draft2Digital.
Tazo Awake Tea.
My very supportive wife.
All my writing friends here and elsewhere,.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks, Dale, and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving as well.
I am grateful for the unignorable impulse to write. Most people never have this impulse. If they write at all, it’s forced on them by the demands of work. When I stop to think of how much writing has meant to me, what life would be like without having long ago tested positive for the writing virus, I am hugely thankful for the disease.
“Ignorable impulse to write.”
Happy Thanksgiving, Barry.
Great question, Terry.
Far and away, my greatest writing gratitude is for the people I’ve met. Relationships in the writing world are the best.
In addition, I’ll add the ability to create makes me almost giddy sometimes. And all the tools that make it easy
Like you said, TKZ is a given.
I could go on for a while, but that’s enough for now.
And Happy Thanksgiving!
That’s more than enough for now, Kay — there’s a holiday to get ready for!
I’m thankful for word processors. Imagine trying to edit a draft on a typewriter! Happy Thanksgiving, Terry!
Ah, back in the day, that’s how term papers were done. Literally cut and pasted (taped) together.
I’m grateful for my ability to tell a compelling story–even when it’s not fiction. My Ukrainian refugee friends spent the first night in their new home last night. It was made available after I sent out word to our community that they had less than two weeks left in their previous place. The landlady made concessions, and once we knew they had a place, I wrote again to our community asking for household goods. The response was overwhelming–duplicates and triplicates of some items. I wrote a third time explaining what drove them out of Ukraine, and more deluge of goods. The net of it is that they have everything they need in a 1,000 sq ft rental mfd home. So I feel especially blessed to be the agent who got us retired folks out of our small lives into the larger Life to help these guys.
And it was fun!
What a wonderful story, Dan. You’re a true mensch.
I’m grateful for TKZ, the best writers’ hang out, and all its denizens.