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Writer’s Gratitude

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Every year, I send an e-mail around Thanksgiving Day that starts with thanking you for being part of my community and supporting me in doing work that is so fulfilling—helping people bring their books to life.

Thank You!



As a writer, I am grateful to my teachers. Share on X

I’m also grateful for many gifts specific to writers—I hope you’ll find it inspiring to join me in gratitude for your version of these gifts:

  • Inspiration
  • Insights
  • The richness of the English language
  • Words and the variety of sounds they make in our heads
  • Our favorite writers
  • Our readers—orleaf and purple writing future readers
  • The opportunity to make a difference with our words
  • Memory and memories
  • Great teachers
  • Inspiring students and clients
  • Great editors
  • Our beta readers
  • Supportive family, friends, colleagues and community
  • Alliteration
  • Word play
  • Poetry
  • The ability to make a great living with our writing
  • Being able to positively impact people’s lives—sometimes even transform them

What are you grateful for as a writer? Share on X Please take 30 seconds to share your “writer’s gratitude” here:

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Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

Reader Interactions


    • Lisa Tener says

      Beautiful, Karen. I can’t believe I didn’t list those! Thanks for adding them to this post/conversation. Happy Thanksgiving.

  1. Judie McLaughlin says

    I am ever grateful for the heart the Lord has given me and how He guides my words from within. I want to share so much with those who have walked where I have and come out in the sunshine of His grace…AMEN

  2. Cathy Turney says

    Where to begin? I’m grateful for having so much to be grateful for. So, since space here limits me, I’ll just say that meeting Lisa Tener at the San Francisco Writers Conference launched my writing career and propelled it further than I ever imagined possible. Bless you, Lisa!

    • Lisa Tener says

      Oh, Cathy, you are so generous. I am grateful for our meeting as well. For one thing, you put a smile on my face at least a few times a week! :)

  3. Richard Aubry says

    I’d like to thank you for the material you’ve sent. It’s all helped. Getting ready to finish my book and begin the search for potential publishers. Also, I am pleased that my writing efforts have motivated my wife to begin writing a book too!
    Dick Aubry

    • Lisa Tener says

      That’s terrific, Dick. I remember the basis of your story and it sounds quite compelling. I can’t wait to read it! Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Frank Perry says

    I am a retired school administrator and I have plenty of time to wite. I want to write my autobiography. I am having trouble with an appropriate introduction. My working title is A Coal Miner’s Son. Basically I went from a small coal mining town as a high school drop out to spend four years in the USAF, qualified for the G.I. Bill, earned my G.E.D. and went on to earn three college degrees. I want to leave my memoir for my children, grandchildren, and close friends.

    • Lisa Tener says

      Thanks for sharing, Frank. That’s exciting. Do you have any questions? I often recommend Regina Brooks’ book, “You Should Really Write a Book”

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