10 Things I Am Thankful For As A Writer

10 Things I Am Thankful For

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday when many people give thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the year that has passed. It is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October and the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. We don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving Day in New Zealand, but I think it would be a good idea. Thanksgiving provides people with an opportunity to take a little time to reflect on what’s really important in their lives.

This year I decided to create a special blog post with ten things I am thankful for as a writer. They are in no particular order.

I’m Thankful for Life

Many quotations encourage us to live each day as though it was our last day. The reality, of course, is that each day might be the last. It is important to make the most of every day, whether that is working or relaxing or spending time with people you love.

I believe that we, as writers, are especially lucky because we get to write about life. As writers of fiction, in particular, we examine life, explore relationships and study the world around us – and our characters – in a way that many other people do not take the time to do.

I’m Thankful for Social Media Networks

The Internet has had a major influence, of course, on the way we work as writers, but I am very grateful for online social networks because they make it easier for us to connect with others in our industry. It is now easier than ever to find and connect with like-minded writers. I’ve “met” and connected with many other writers through Twitter, for example.

I’m Thankful for My Readers

I am thankful for my readers. Occasionally I receive a message from a reader who has been following me online since the end of the ’90s. I find that incredible. Whether you’ve been reading my stuff for a decade or a day, I always love to hear from you.

Our readers are central to what we do as writers. So I enjoy receiving your feedback, your praise, and yes, even your criticism.

I’m Thankful for Changes in the Publishing Industry

What an incredible revolution we’ve seen in the publishing industry! With the widespread acceptance of ebooks and e-publishing, our entire industry has been changing. Now, independent authors are being taken seriously.

I’m Thankful for Good Books

How could I live without books? I’m an avid reader. Always have been, always will be. I am thankful for the books I love, and the many authors who wrote them. For my career, I’ve been inspired by Stephen King’s On Writing and other authors who have inspired me to become a better writer.

I’m Thankful for Bloggers

I read many blog posts every day, and I’m really thankful for the bloggers who work hard to produce them. These writers try their best to come up with information and ideas that they believe will be of helpful or entertaining. It’s hard work, and many do it for little or no reward. I’m not going to name blogs here. There are too many. And sometimes it’s a little unknown blog with a very meaningful post that makes my day.

I’m Thankful for My Health

It’s easy to forget about your health when you commute down a corridor and work at a computer all day. If we want to live a long life, we must treasure our health and maintain our fitness. Fortunately, I have two young children who love to get me out of the house, throwing balls or chasing after bicycles as they learn to ride.

I’m Thankful for Family & Friends

I’m thankful for the people closest to me… who in many cases have no connection to the publishing industry… yet they support me on this writing journey.

I’m Thankful for NaNoWriMo

Of all the annual events, worldwide, for authors, this is my favorite. Every year, NaNoWriMo encourages people, young and old, from all walks of life, to develop a daily writing habit.

I’m Thankful for Technology

I love it that I can carry a library of books around on my Kindle eReader. I’m thankful for the Internet and the devices, like my Samsung Galaxy Tablet, which enable me to work “on the go”.

There is much more, of course, to be thankful for, but for me, the list above is a few of the main things that come to mind today.

What are you thankful for?

Gary McLaren

Gary McLaren is an author and digital entrepreneur. He blogs at Writers Unplugged and manages Worldwide Freelance Writer. He's been helping writers online for more than 16 years. You can also follow Gary on social media at Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

3 Responses

  1. Mark Redmond says:

    Thank you, Gary. You’re right.

  2. Great post. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU and for your gift of encouragement for other writers.
    I’m thankful for the ability to write and paint, two activities that erase the troubles of the world, at least
    for a little while.

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