Today at Writers In The Storm we’re giving thanks for the “writerly” things that help us put words on the page. We're also opening the door for our readers! Share your gratitude for things large and small down in the comments.
I am grateful for learning how to effectively edit my writing—to fix pacing, character arcs, plot, and let the theme (which I didn't even know was there!) shine through. I highly recommend Michael Hauge's Writing Screenplays That Sell and Sol Stein's Stein on Writing if you want your revisions to work in ways you never dreamed possible. I'm thankful that I'm working on a new book, after nine editorial passes of three completed books during the past eighteen months! To my personal cheerleader, Laura Drake, and Jenny Hansen, who sends me quick notes of awesomeness, thank you. And I'm so grateful to have an Immersion Class with Margie Lawson to look forward to, as well as RWA National in Denver this summer.
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I am thankful for great writing instructors, particularly those at the 2017 Cruising Writers and Margie Lawson. I've been struggling with a novel I love, and just couldn't get right, and then I met with Lisa Cron (Wired for Story) at Cruising Writers. She listened to me and said,"This whole [Storyline B]? That's good, but that's not your story. This relationship with your two sisters? THAT'S your story." And then she guided me to the Origin Story and now my entire book is rolling out before me like a movie and it's so much easier! I read Story Genius, but it took that Q&A for me to be able to actually see how to apply the genius to all my stories. That is the beauty of meeting with a great teacher. How would I edit without Margie Lawson's EDITS? Or explore emotional wounds properly without Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi's Emotional Wound Thesaurus. Seriously, y'all, go sign up for some of this magic.
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I’m thankful for the community of writers I’ve found. Because quite frankly, a few times this year, I’ve wanted to just throw in the towel and walk away. Yet my fellow writers – no, friends – kept me going. They comforted me, encouraged me, inspired me, and kept me accountable. They reminded me why I want to be a writer and that I really can write a great story. At conferences, retreats, and writing cruises, we learned, we laughed, we bitched about this business (let’s be honest), we wrote, and we even sang. Yeah, this is my tribe. And I feel incredibly blessed to have met some of the best people I know through the experience of writing. If we’re friends, know that I’m truly thankful for you.
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What Julie said!
But since I need more than that - I'm thankful for this blog, and proud of the four strong amazing women who began it. It's given me wisdom, made me think, and helped me remember that, though it seems we're alone on this crazy path, we're not. All we need do is reach out . . . many hands are there.
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What are you grateful for today? (You aren’t limited to one thing.) Is there a particular holiday custom you look forward to all year? What has been your biggest writing "surprise" this year?
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends!
Love and peace to you all this Holiday Season!
with tremendous gratitude from Writers In The Storm…