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A Writer’s Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2014

ThanksgivingIt doesn’t take a special holiday for me to feel blessed, but, naturally, I tend to reflect more on those blessings this time of year when everyone else is doing so. Instead of compiling a generic list of all the things I’m grateful for (family, friends, job, home, etc.), I thought it might be fun to show what I’m thankful for as a writer. Here is my top ten list of gratifying writing moments, in no particular order:

  1. Eccentric neighbors who practically write themselves as characters into your books.
  2. Long and quiet car rides that allow time for piecing together an intricate plotline.
  3. Book dedications so everyone can know how special that person is to you.
  4. Old but healed wounds that can be tapped into to set up an emotional rollercoaster for your readers.
  5. A classroom full of fourth graders that can’t wait until they’re old enough to read your young adult novel.
  6. Finding the perfect adjective after scanning a dozen thesaurus pages.
  7. When your protagonist finally learns that lesson you’ve been torturing them towards.
  8. Exceeding your word count goals every day for a week.
  9. Discussing your novel with friends who are bubbling over with questions and excitement.
  10. Typing “The End”.
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