Gratitude post – 2015

Things to be grateful for in my writing life 2015

Things to be grateful for in my writing life 2015

One of the challenges for Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers is to write a list of things we are grateful for in our writing life during 2015. It’s so easy to focus on the negative’s, but this exercise made me focus on something positive, and not just the successes.

I thought I’d put some of those things here on my blog.

In 2015, I was grateful for:

  • Two amazing sons who encouraged me in my writing. They would give me ideas for stories, feedback to make the stories better, laugh at me when I got details wrong (I know nothing about football & very little about cubing!), bug me to publish my next book, encourage me when I’m writing, and make me numerous cups of tea to keep me going.
  • My editor who also gives me feedback, helping me make my stories the best they can be. She is also understanding when there is a long break between drafts!
  • Being able to regularly blog on Just Write for Kids, Australasian Christian Writers, and Christian Writers Downunder. These are fantastic communities and I can explore some different issues on those sites than I can here.
  • The various writing groups I’m part of, both online and offline. They provide support, feedback, and a good laugh when I need it.
  • Monash Public Library Service – they gave me an amazing opportunity to run a regular teen writers group as well as run some school holiday activities.
  • Friends and family. They buy my books and help promote them, pick me up when I’m feeling discouraged, and also look forward to my next book.
  • For the ability to write and tell stories. This helps me cope with real life. I have always found it helpful to put the stories in my head onto the page, and I know that not everyone can do this.

This is not an exhaustive list, and this was a wonderful exercise to kick start the year. Happy New Year for 2016, this is going to be a fantastic year!

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