While you’re accumulating your list of blessings to share around the Thanksgiving table, don’t forget to include these features that make up your writing journey. You can find many reasons to be thankful for it this season.
Be thankful for…
A never-ending amount of writing resources.
No matter what part of the process you’re in, you can find a multitude of resources to learn from. Not sure how to start writing a book? You don’t understand marketing? Trying to figure out your audience? You can find plenty of books, conferences, workshops, and blog posts that will help you along the way.
Do you have that friend who has always encouraged you and been willing to read your rough drafts? Do you have an editor or literary agent who has helped improve your skills and connected you to others in the business? Take the time to recognize and thank the people in your life who have helped you not only stick with this journey, but also have helped you get better.
The progress you’ve made.
Whether you’re leaps and bounds ahead of schedule, or not quite where you want to be at this point, you are progressing. Maybe you’ve met with a critique group or submitted your manuscript to a few publishers. Perhaps you went to or taught at a conference. Whatever you’ve done, remember each step is a step closer to your goals and you should be proud and thankful for the opportunities this year has brought.
This may go without saying, but accomplishments come in many forms. From typing “The End” on your manuscript to getting on the New York Times Best Seller List, celebrate the blessing of each and every victory.
Readers bring a whole new level of satisfaction to your writing. They are the ones that share your book, buy it in support, leave reviews, and engage with your content. While the number of readers doesn’t define your skill, having readers makes all the toil worthwhile.
I hope this list has made you feel all warm and fuzzy while you think back on the many blessings that have crossed your writing path. What are some things you are hoping to be thankful for this time next year? It’s never too early to start preparing!
Leah Jordan Meahl writes to encourage both the rooted and the wandering Christian to go deeper. She’s a born and bred Jesus-follower hailing from Greenville, South Carolina. She’s a lover of devotional writing as well as fiction. Check out her latest release Pebbles: 31 days of faith enriching parables. Feel free to visit her blog for inspirational content. And ‘like’ her on Facebook.