Looks like the rain has passed and though I’ve had to deal with a wee bit o’water, the tremendous storm winds and potential damage have swept by with nary a downed tree limb. So there’s something to be thankful for, but I’d like you to take a more writerly approach to your Thanksgiving thoughts and spend some time thinking–maybe even writing–about what you have to be thankful for with regard to your writing.
More often than naught, writers tend to focus on the negatives: the returned manuscripts, the characters that won’t talk, the story that refuses to be told; but there are many things to be thankful for, too. Why not take five or ten minutes and freewrite about all the things you are thankful for as you contemplate your writing life. When you’re done, perhaps you’d like to share a few.
For me, the complaints are few. Divided Loyalties has received great reviews and is now offered in e-book and traditional book formats. Video Magic has been rescheduled to come out next summer. Exploring Texas History: Weekend Adventures will be out in May. I have many friends who are writers and many who are artists, each successfully carving out their own creative life. My parents are doing better; my other family members are healthy and well. My dogs are a joy and the writing well is full. What’s not to be thankful for?
And you. . . ? Meanwhile, have a Happy Thanksgiving.