Counting Your Writing Blessings
Friends don’t let friends berate themselves. So let’s do something different this year, starting right now.
First, I want you to open a document, or grab an actual piece of paper, or just turn over that napkin under your coffee cup. And now, I want you to number your page (or napkin) 1 through 12.
And now I want you to write down the very first thing about writing for which you are grateful. Don’t overthink it. Just write it down.
And no, I won’t give you my answer because then you’ll use it.
Now, I want you to write down the next thing about writing for which you are grateful. In fact, I want you to write down 12 different things about writing for which you are grateful.
And I don’t mean writing in general. I mean your writing. What, about your writing, are you thankful for in this year of 2014?
Okay, hold on. You’re already scooching over to the negative, aren’t you? Probably thinking about what you didn’t accomplish, like the 32,017 words you wrote instead of 50,000 for the NaNo challenge. But guess what? YOU WROTE 32,017 WORDS! That’s pretty amazing.
What else did you do in the past eleven months?
Did you send out a query? YAY!
Did you pitch an article? Fire the confetti canon!
Did you write a short story, an essay, a haiku? Wheeee!
Look at you, writing and creating!
But maybe you’ve had a tough year, with life throwing all kinds of obstacles your way, and so you’re having trouble getting to 12. I had that kind of year, too. But I’ll bet you managed more than you think:
Did you remember to count all the books you’ve read? Reading (in your genre as well as craft books) makes you a better writer.
What about writer friends you’ve connected with this year? Did you count them? Whether you’ve met writers in person or virtually, aren’t you grateful for those connections?
And most importantly, did you count that you are here? Reading The Muffin, reading articles on WOW! Women on writing? Even if you’ve barely accomplished writing a grocery list, you have not quit.
That makes you a pretty awesome writer in my book. So pat yourself on the back and enjoy your December. And here’s to the glow of gratitude carrying you—and me—all the way through to New Year’s!
~Cathy C. Hall