Today at Writers In The Storm we’re giving thanks for the “writerly” things and people who help us put words on the page. We're also opening the door for our readers! Share your gratitude for writerly things and people, large and small, down in the comments!
Every day I thank my lucky stars to have met many talented members of the writing community through Writers In The Storm.
Many times, I’ve leaned on the “writerly” shoulders of other authors when I’ve been troubled, and not only for where to go next in a story. I am grateful for you all.
I have had some incredible learning opportunities in the past twelve months. For a learning junkie like me, this is a slice of heaven. I am grateful for all my amazing teachers (including all the writers and readers here on Writers in the Storm).
I'm also beyond thankful for friends and family who have offered a sympathetic shoulder and ear, a helping hand, and simply hung in there with me as I’ve continued to re-discover my path forward. To be surrounded by love is a ginormous blessing.
I am thankful to the people at City of Hope for keeping me alive. I didn't talk about it a lot before my surgery on October 10th, but a 6-hour surgery is a massive risk for excessively-clotting me. I went into the surgery thinking I was about 50/50 for no complications (ex: stroke, heart attack, death). BUT, because my surgeon was AWESOME, and the universe was apparently looking out for me, here I am! #SoDamnGrateful
I am also very grateful for Scrivener this year during NaNoWriMo. I loooove NaNo and I try to do it every year, but this year, I have little to no use of my arms until Thanksgiving. That's a major complication in the quest for 50 thousand words! But Scrivener has a voice-to-text feature that can be activated to record your story. (It's Window + H on PC; it's the F5 key on the Mac.) So far, I'm about two thousand words off the pace for the month, which is far more than I expected. Where there's a will, there's a way, y'all!
This year, my gratitude centers on the gift of health. Whether nursing a head cold or feeling body aches due to a lack of stretching and exercise, I'm reminded of the value of how our bodies and minds facilitate our creative work. And I wish this for all our creatives reading this post.
Fortunate to collaborate with talented writers and thinkers, I've experienced their generosity in sharing time and insights, even while navigating their own health struggles. I hope to continue this cycle of gratitude by giving back and fulfilling my creative work for as long as my body and mind allow this journey to unfold.
I'm thankful for my writing community and friends - the folks here at WITS, my students, and the powerful community I've found in World Anvil. Being surrounded by amazing writers and their creative energy helps make every day better!
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Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, and happy day of gratitude to everyone...from all of us at Writers In the Storm!
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