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A Writer’s Gratitude

Do You Even Want to Read About Writer’s Gratitude?

book coach Lisa TenerAs I sat down to write my writer’s gratitude list for my annual Thanksgiving blog post and email, I wondered whether I was really meeting my readers where you are today. I hear from so many friends, clients and colleagues who feel challenged right now.

Is my annual writer’s gratitude list appropriate? Pollyanna-ish?

Then I remembered, in uncertain times, it’s especially helpful to remember that we don’t control what goes on “out there” but we can find calm, wellbeing and joy in our hearts, no matter what. Gratitude is one of the easiest ways to change our mindset and transform our emotions.

And from that place, we can make a big difference! For one, we can write in a way that inspires ourselves and our readers.

I’m Grateful for A Life-Altering Journey

Buddhas surrounding the courtyard in Ayutthaya
Buddhas surrounding the courtyard in Ayutthaya

One thing I am so incredibly grateful for is the journey to Thailand last month—the realization of a childhood dream. I overcame some hefty fears to get there and travel alone. Thanks to Sebastien Leblond and NLP Top Coach for inviting me, believing we could turn an 8 week workshop into a 3 day in-person plus follow up by video conference, and co-creating a powerful experience for a group of world-servers.

I arrived that first day feeling lost and tuckered out. Our luncheon discussion and brainstorm about Seb’s book made me feel 100% at home and engaged. And the pad thai was out of this world!

I’m grateful for the way my muse showed up in Bangkok—and the many hours of almost feverish writing that took place in a mere 10 day span. I’m grateful for my QiGong teacher Leah Franklin and the QiGong Practice, which provided energy and vitality throughout each day and made those late night writing forays possible.

Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya
Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya

I’m also grateful for Seb’s encouragement—and lessons—on using public transportation, particularly the Sky Train; and to the three ladies at the museum gift shop who jointly described which bus to catch (of a list of over 20!) and where, in order to get to a vegan restaurant. These transit lessons were liberating and helped me see the city in a way that a taxi could not. I do believe I grew as a person as I opened up to courage and spontanaity.

Has a specific experience changed your life in some way this year? Share your gratitude as a comment below!

More Writer’s Gratitude

Here’s my list of writing-related gratitude to get us started. Please share what you feel grateful for this year, too, especially as a writer!

  • writers gratitude journalWords and the sounds they make in our minds
  • Paper
  • Beautiful Journals
  • The Internet
  • My favorite pens
  • WordPress
  • Books
  • Alliteration
  • The muse
  • Inspiration
  • Beauty
  • Well-crafted sentences
  • The ability to make a great living with writing—and coaching and teaching it!
  • Being able to positively impact people’s lives—sometimes even transform them

I could go on, but let me, instead, offer you a chance to share your writer’s gratitude list of things we are grateful for. Oops, but before that, let’s thank a few people.

Grateful for PEOPLE Who Nourish Us As Writers and Entrepreneurs

  • You! Thanks for your continued reading, commenting, sharing—and letting me know when a post or email really makes a difference for you. Please keep the feedback coming and let me know how I can support you.
  • My teachers, including the late Frank Conroy, whose voice I continue to hear in my mind when I edit
  • While I edited Teri's recently published Success Without Stress, I found myself grateful for the easy and powerful tips and tools!
    While I edited Teri’s recently published Success Without Stress, I found myself grateful for the easy and powerful tips and tools!

    My clients whose books continue to inspire and teach me new, amazing things; who are a joy to coach and so much fun to brainstorm with. You bring my best self to the fore.

  • My assistant, Geri Lafferty, whose organization, savvy and incredible dedication have helped me and my business grow—and who makes the journey fun and worthwhile, too!
  • Coach Tama Kieves who makes sure I give my writing muse the attention she needs and deserves.
  • Mariko Frederick, who showed up in my life at just the time I was ready
  • My supportive writing friends—you know who you are.
  • start right where you areMy brilliant and inspiring colleagues—Stuart Horwitz, Kelly Malone, Ginger Moran, Judy Gittenstein, Sam Bennett (whose new book, Start Right Where You Are, just came out!), Tracy Hart, Linda Joy, Jody Rein, Michael Larsen, Julie Silver, MD, Martha Murphy, Randy Kamen, Tamara Monosoff, Robin Kall, Bryna Rene…and the list goes on and on and on…
  • Colleagues Sara Pence, Rusty Shelton and Frances Caballo who help me reach others
  • My award-winning and publicity guru Melissa Sones who called to encourage me to enter “Company of the Year” in the small business, media category for the International Business Awards and then wrote up a brilliant application detailing our accomplishments–brilliant enough to win the Gold Stevie!
  • My web design and support team: Rachel Vane and Jamey Hoff at Boomtown
  • Tom Patterson and Julia Griffin for helping me overcome fear and encouraging me to travel to Bangkok
  • Tom, Marie and Mimi for making sure the boys had fun and got to their tennis and drum lessons while I traveled.
  • And of course my family who help make life the sweet gift it is.
  • I apologize now if I’ve gone on too long. Truly, once that gratitude train starts moving, it’s hard to bring it to a stop. I hope you find the same—please share your writer’s gratitude list below.
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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


  1. Carol says

    I am grateful that the bit of writing I did share recently moved people meaningfully, and encouraged me to do more. (I learned my voice is meant to be shared.) And I am grateful to read that you’re vegan, Lisa. I am, too. Here is a Facebook video about the wonder of turkeys:

    • Lisa Tener says

      That’s so wonderful to get encouragement and support, Carol. Good for you for reaching out (and of course for writing in the first place!). Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. howard bryant says

    Hi Lisa,

    Happy Thanksgiving Day and as ever many thanks for the inspiration.

    Here’s a quick list of the people and things that I am most grateful to & for this morning:-

    Sharon Stone for permission to use her name as an acronym 🙂
    Lisa, Seb & Luke for bringing your sunny smile to Bangkok and sharing your love of writing
    My muse for being there with a smile an encouraging word when I need her
    My beautiful fountain / ink pen for flowing nicely along with the words when the occasion arises
    My map of the world for the constant inspiration I get every day and in every way to observe, reflect & process
    My coaches and teachers over the years from whom I have learnt how to play golf, manage projects, negotiate a sale, speak in public, write in private, to explore the world within, to better understand the worlds of others and so many other life skills to share with others
    The inventor of the Kindle for giving instant access to books of all types and writing styles
    Finally to YOU for reading this far 🙂

    • Lisa Tener says

      Howard, I love it! Entertaining, inspiring and specific–which, as you know, is the hallmark of strong writing. And I am honored to be on this list. What a fun class we had. I hope to attend some book signings in Bangkok and celebrate your book and the others’!

  3. Gisela Hetherington says

    Thank you for your list of gratitude, which I can fully support.

    I want to write a book , and I don’t know exactly how to start

    • Lisa Tener says

      Hi Gisela,
      You’ve come to the right place! What kind of book do you want to write? Is it how-to/self-help, memoir, other nonfiction or fiction? Or something else…

  4. Ginney Behn says

    I am grateful that I was connected to you. My book was in a draw for twelve years. Today it is in the hands of many people who are so excited to have a Custom Journal to give to people they love!
    For this I am most grateful!

    • Lisa Tener says

      I am so happy to hear I inspired you, Ginney. I love the journal! Thank you for sending me one. It’s a great gift for people looking for gift ideas.

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