Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Three Things Every Writer is Grateful For

Books, books, and more books. Sure, we all love books, but what specifically is every single writer grateful for? Something to write WITH, something to write ON, and someone to read what we have written. Thanksgiving is the time we celebrate the things we’re grateful for.

Thanksgiving is when we take an extra moment to actually give thanks. I thank God for my family, my friends, my fellow writers, my readers, my home, my job, my health, my talents and abilities, and so much more.

As a writer, I’d like to give just a little more thanks today for a few specifics.

Thankful for Writing Utensils

I love me a good ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil. Most writers I know tend to collect lots of writing instruments.

Come to think of it, when I was a child, I had a pen and pencil collection. I collected all the cool, unique pens and pencils that came my way. I had a pen encased in purple plastic. At the end of the pen, it spelled the word LOVE in cursive. I had a short, stubby pen that was clear with colored balls on the inside. It wrote in pink ink. I kept my Piedmont pencil from my 3rd-grade field trip to the airport. That airline no longer flies the skies. I had a fuzzy red pencil with colored stars on it. I had an entire pencil box full of fun writing instruments.

Today, my favorite pen and pencil are from CROSS. Of course, I’ll write with just about anything. Colored pencils, crayons, blood, keyboard, voice, etc. For without a way to capture our ideas, we couldn’t be writers.

Grateful for All Kinds of Paper

Paper has been around for centuries in a variety of formats. Papyrus. Leaves. Gold plates. Bark. Cave walls. Sand. Skin. Screens. Without paper, or an electronic device with a screen, our pencils would be kind of pointless. (Don’t you love the pun?) My preferred canvas is a journal. Though I’ve written many, many words on napkins, cereal boxes, envelopes, bookmarks, permission forms, and lots and lots of sticky notes. Then again, sticky notes come in as a close second to journals.

Without Readers, Writers Would Starve

The whole point of writing isn’t to fancy how we turn a phrase or languish in the fluidity of our words. The point is to share a message. Our ideas. With others. We want someone to listen to us. Maybe even argue with us. We tell stories, persuade outcomes, educate, entertain, inspire, and uplift. Without readers, we would die. Thankfully, the thirst for knowledge and entertainment isn’t going anywhere.

Today, I want to thank YOU for being one of my loyal readers. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for opening my emails. Thank you for comments there as well. Thank you for interacting with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Thank you for being a part of my online world. Thank you for listening and caring. Thank you for being YOU.

One day, I’ll actually have a book to share with you - not just my blog. But until that day comes, I’ll just keep on keepin’ on and continue to write. And of course, AFTER that day comes, I will also continue to write.

With that, I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving full of family, friends, love, and laughter. Full of good food, fun, and all the writing utensils, paper, and readers you could ever hope for.

Keep on keepin’ on…

What’s your favorite pen or pencil? Did you collect them when you were younger? What’s something else you’re thankful for as a writer? Share your comment here.

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  1. Great post! As I read it, I was reminded of all of the writing stuff I've kept over the years. LOL. Some I still have. And pens and paper! It is embarrassing how many blank journals and notebooks I have. And pens just end up with me. Magnetically attracted?!!! Best wishes on your writing and success. We CAN do this!

    1. Hi Angie! I'm glad you enjoyed the post and that it led you down memory lane for a bit. Now all we have to do is magnetically attract our readers, right?


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