Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods.
Psalm 95:2-3, NKJV
Writing is a challenge and to put out a published manuscript is like climbing a mountain. Sometimes we get discouraged when we are writing—especially when holiday activities overwhelm us.
During this Thanksgiving season, it can be hard to remember why we started writing, but I would encourage you to reflect on these things as you take time out from your family celebrations. It is my hope and prayer this would inspire you and give you that fresh vision and a new energy to pursue your writing dream!
A – Author’s Community
You don’t have to go it alone! We are here to help. Author’s Community offers forums to exchanges ideas, webinars, blogs, and more. We want to help!
B – Beta-readers
Your new best friends! Please see my previous blog for learning how to benefit from beta-readers and critique partners.
C – Computers
While some authors prefer to use pencil and paper, many authors prefer using computers. Can you imagine the path writers used to take? Your computer may freeze up or not do what you command it to, but writing a book would be so much more difficult!
D – Dream to Write and Share a Part of You
Have you forgotten why you started writing? God gave you that dream to write and share something. That dream is a blessing.
E – Encouraging Editors
Most editors are excited to be a part of an author’s journey. Editors want to help you succeed.
F – Facebook and Other Social Media Platforms
If you haven’t yet pursued these as essential for authors, you are missing out! On various social media, you can connect with other writers, learn tips, promote your book, and receive critiques
G – Google
In an age of technology, we Google something without giving it a thought. Whether a list of power words or what life is like in your novel’s setting, it is right there. What will you research next?
H – Heart
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
Psalm 20:4, NKJV
I – Imagination and Ideas
Yes, sometimes you may get new ideas at the strangest times or places, but that’s okay! Oh, the places you can create…
J – Joy
You started writing because you enjoy it. We are all unique in our desires and interests.
K – Knowledge
Where would you be if it weren’t from the knowledge you have gained from fellow writers and the multitude of online writing tips? And while you are thinking of them, those high school English teachers deserve our thanks!
L – Libraries
Many times libraries will host a book signing. How many people can read your book if you donate one to the local library?
M – Motivation
“Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.”
Proverbs 16:3, NKJV
N – Noise Canceling Headphones
Maybe this should be on your Christmas wish list…
O – One Paragraph at a Time
It’s okay if it takes a few weeks to write a chapter. And it’s okay if that chapter isn’t perfect yet.
P – Published Manuscript
The moment has arrived!
Q – Quiet Place to Write
Sometimes life is busy, and it is hard to find that quiet place to concentrate, but when you do, be thankful for it.
R – Reviews from Happy Readers
When a reader enjoyed your book and posted a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads, there are no words to describe the feeling.
S – Spellchecker in Your Word Processor
Remember, when you had to memorize spelling words and rules? Now, with a quick click, you can check for mispelingz and badly grammar.
T – Turkey! Turkey Sandwiches and Turkey Soup
Okay, I couldn’t resist.
U – Understanding Family Who Supports You
Maybe that means you are up late writing while your family sleeps. Perhaps your family adjusts their schedule to encourage you to convey your thoughts or because you have a deadline. Remember to thank them.
V – Voice of God to Give You Guidance
He has given you the desire to write; He will see it through to glorify Him.
W – Writing Groups
What a wealth of help. If you are fortunate to find local or online writing groups, you won’t be sorry. Here you can encourage one another, receive suggestions to improve your manuscript and share in one another’s joys and setbacks. Do an online search to find local groups (or check with your library) or web-based groups.
X – “X”tra Time to Spend with Family over Your Holiday
Life is challenging. Appreciate your family.
Y – Yes, it Is Worth It!
Your writing can touch someone in ways you may never know. Your words have a powerful impact.
Z – Zoom In on That Scene
Only you can describe the scene the way you envision it. Make your readers feel it! You have the controls.
Your Encouraging Editor