Yes, I’m going to be predictable and talk about being thankful on Thanksgiving. As a writer in 2015, however, there is plenty to be thankful for. Be glad I’m only going to talk about my top 5.
5 . Novel Writing Classes
Let’s face it. Fiction as we know it is only around a hundred years old (and that’s pushing it). The fact that most colleges and universities offer writing classes for a medium that young is pretty awesome. The fact that most of those classes are taught by published authors is also a great pro for up-and-coming writers.
4 . E-publishing
This is a total game-changer for the independent writer. Although there’s still some stigma to self-publishing, that’s fast disappearing as the market for e-books grows. Now, authors who don’t get picked up by big publishers have another option. And it’s an option that can easily make the book available to thousands (if not millions) of people around the world. That’s definitely something to be grateful for.
3 . Free Blogs
Speaking of reaching people around the world, what do you think someone would’ve said 30 years ago if you told them you wanted to write an article and have it seen by people on 4 different continents in only seconds? (Here’s a hint: the options are “Yeah, right,” “Are you nuts?” and “What are you smoking?”) Today, it’s something we do on a weekly if not daily basis. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty cool. And it can be free. That’s even cooler.
2 . Other Writers
We share writing tips. We share experiences. We share products. We even share each other’s work to expand our audiences. The writing community has grown exponentially, and there’s so much to be thankful for.
1 . You
The more I post here, the more I appreciate the people who read what I post – especially those of you who take the time to click “like” or post a comment. Maybe, it’s corny, but it’s a huge thrill to know that someone is reading what I write. Thank you.