Those of you living in the States know that this coming Thursday is the day we Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving. For many, this is a day of hectic traveling and imprudent overeating. But it’s also a day of gathering together with loved ones and reflecting on the things in our lives for which we’re grateful.
It shouldn’t take a special holiday to make us realize the wonderful things in our lives and show gratitude for them. But speaking for myself, I get busy, caught up in life, and don’t always take time to acknowledge how fortunate I am. So, in the spirit of the season (and in no particular order, because these are all wonderful things – how could I rate them?), here are some things for which I’m grateful in my writing life.
Great Critique Partners. I’ve had the great fortune of exchanging critiques with fabulous writers who not only speak the same writing language, but approach the work from different perspectives and teach me new things on every project. And when I provide critiques for them, I have the added bonus of reading great stories and contributing (I hope!) to making them better.
The Internet Age. Need to find a writing text to help you through a plot problem? You can probably find it online. Looking for a book in your genre to help spark your creativity? Not only can you find oodles of great books online, you can get them instantly if you’re into e-books. Feeling isolated on your writing journey? You can find like-minded writer types in multiple online forums, including the 8LW blog.
The Romance Writing Community. As Michille pointed out in her post last week, the romance writing community is an amazingly supportive bunch. Romance books are uplifting, and the community of writers creating them are inspiring. Whether I’m writing romance or fantasy or women’s fiction, I always find inspiration and support at local and national RWA conferences and events.
The McDaniel Program. This program came at the perfect point in my writing career. I’d learned all I could on my own, through workshops, and via ‘one-off’ classes. I needed a structured approach to honing my craft and taking my writing to the next level, but I couldn’t afford the time on campus required for traditional or even low-residency master’s programs. The all online Roberts Writing Program was a great fit, and teacher Jenny Crusie and my fellow students I met through the program proved to be an amazing bunch. Which leads me to…
My Writing Friends (including the 8LWs!). Okay, this isn’t a countdown list, but this is the number one writing life thing for which I’m grateful – friends who understand this crazy joy/pain/preoccupation/obsession. What could inspire more writing life gratitude than that?