Monday, November 22, 2010

Writing: 10 Things I'm Thankful for

I probably won't be posting until after the Thanksgiving holiday, so here is my I am Thankful post (in no particular order). To those of you who celebrate this holiday HAVE A VERY HAPPY TURKEY DAY. And to those of you who don't...HAVE A VERY HAPPY REST OF THE WEEK! :-)

I Am Thankful For:

10. Beta Readers- Mine have been awesome. Brutally honest, but always with great respect and encouragement. I'd truly be lost without them and have learned soooooo much from them!

9. Absolute Write- Seriously, this site has changed my life in more ways than I can begin to name.

8. Blogging- Never even heard of it until this year. It's addicting and fun and I can easily spend hours a day reading them. 

7. Renni Browne and Dave King's book, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers- This book was immensely helpful and improved my writing in so many ways.

6. SM- Yes that does stand for THEE Stephenie Meyer. I was inspired to write because of her. Not because I wanted to write about vampires and werewolves (I don't), but because I discovered that I want to write. Who knew?

5. My Father- My dad has always supported EVERYTHING I do and this fairly new venture into writing is no different. He is the wind beneath my wings and he never stops encouraging me to find whatever it is in life that makes me happy.

4. My Husband- My dear, sweet, patient husband who continues to be supportive and love me and encourage me even though I've been having an affair. (With my laptop people, not another man!!! Geesh.)

3. Other Writers- I can't tell you how many people I have come to know though writing. From people I've met on AW to those on blogs to those I've met through others, there is NOTHING in the world as amazing and supportive as those in the writing community.

3. My Late Grandma, Birdy- She was the one who helped me learn to accept constructive criticism. An essential to make it in this business.

2. My Laptop- I could not have done all the writing I have done without it. THANKS DADDY!

1. Angie and Naomi- God. Where do I even start? Amazing. Talented. Beautiful. Caring. Supportive. And most importantly, my friends. Their guidance and help (both inside and outside the world of writing)  has meant more to me than I can ever begin to express in words (which seems silly considering I'm a "writer" but when it comes to them, I'm verklempt). I heart them so much!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxo to you both :-)

What about you all? What are you thankful for this year in the world of writing?


  1. Hi Melanie:

    I'm thankful to be married to Tim, who is a writer. He's my best friend and each day I am thankful to have him. Plus, he's yummy.

    Enjoy your holiday.

  2. I'm thankful to have found the group of ladies in my writer's group that I can also call my friends. No clashes, no bickering, just love! We can critique each other without sugar coating and fuzzy bunny stuff, and still be friends. I hear that's rare out there.

  3. Great list!

    I agree completely about AbsoluteWrite, sooo much to learn there.

    This year I'm particularly grateful for my book contract, my amazing editor, and my fellow Killer Chicks.

    Have a Happy!

  4. Hey guys, thanks for stopping by and sharing the things you are thankful for.

    JB, I soooooooo hope to have a list next Thanksgiving day where I can add thanks to my agent and pub and editor etc :-)

  5. Awesome list, Melanie!

    I am thankful for just being able to write! I really really really need to finish a novel soon though! haha

    Oh! And I'm thankful for the agent who was interested in an old WIP of mine. She's always so helpful when I've emailed her countless times and she's totally my dream agent now :D

  6. thanks mate!

    same back at ya!

    and have an awesome thanksgviving (whenever it is, LOL)

    hope you're enjoying Fire :) there's some hotness in those pages!


  7. Karla, I think that's really cool that you have an agent who is supporting your ideas. That's such a great motivation for you and your writing. NOW GET YOUR NOVEL FINISHED (at least one of them!). *cracks whip on your behind*

    Lemmiwinks, welcome and thanks so much for joining my crazy whack-a-doo journey. :-)

    Nomes, yeah for hotness!!! now i'm even more exciting to get fully into it!

  8. Aw, that is so sweet, Mel. Little late response here. I've been avoiding the blog thing for the past few days. I <3 you too!!!

  9. haha.. and funny about the having an affair thing - I think I'm guilty too!

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