My therapist’s recent suggestion to help me fall asleep is to list off things I am grateful for each day as I’m falling asleep (instead of letting all my negative thoughts take over). Sometimes I feel like I’m reaching for things, but I made an important discovery last night.
I am grateful for online writing communities.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t exactly participate as much as I could, but I am still grateful that they exist.
I am grateful for Twitter, and for the interesting people I follow.
I am grateful for the agents I follow, who offer insights into the publishing industry.
I’m grateful for hashtags like #tenqueries, #askagent and #pubtips, for advice and knowledge that I would otherwise not know.
I’m grateful for the #MSWL hashtag (and the website), for giving me a glimpse into what agents are looking for.
I am grateful for the fellow authors I follow, who tweet inspiration and support. Sometimes even the smallest tweet can be meaningful!
I’m grateful for the editors I follow on twitter, who also offer writing and support.
I’m grateful for authors who tweet about their writing process, their celebrations and their frustrations, letting me know that I am not alone in the process.
I’m grateful for wordpress and blogs that I follow, for the guidance and support, for idea sharing and advice from the #amwriting community.
I’m grateful for websites like Nanowrimo, Reddit, AbsoluteWrite, and QueryTracker for constantly providing content for me to read.
I’m also grateful for Goodreads, for helping me discover new books to read, and to discuss recent books I can’t stop thinking about.
Even if I’m never published, I’ll always keep writing, and participating in this online writing world really helps me on a daily basis. If you’re part of it, no matter how small a part of it, I am grateful!