IT’S ALL ABOUT -- WRITING WITH GRATITUDE
Many people use gratitude practices in their daily lives to celebrate large and small victories, help move past obstacles, and feel connected to themselves and others.
Here are a few tips for starting a writing gratitude practice. You can take note of these points in your mind or keep a writing gratitude journal to compile your thoughts for further reflection.
1) Each morning, name one thing you are grateful for in your writing career. Is it an idea? A thought that will help reframe a main character’s problem? A turn of phrase or plot twist that’s just what will help with a revision? Big or small, think of one thing that’s going well in your writing life.
2) During the day, think about who you are grateful for in your writing life. A gem of a critique partner or your writing group? A beloved and supportive family member or friend? A helpful librarian or educator who pointed you in the right direction? Or a child who asked a question that led to an idea.
3) In the evening, reflect on something that happened on that specific day that you might be grateful for. It can be a small moment or a large revelation or event. Perhaps you read an engaging kidlit article? Maybe a walk through your neighborhood or an overheard conversation sparked inspiration? Or maybe you found connection in an online writing group or an in-person meeting, workshop, or conference? Or even . . . you found a way to move past a rejection and kept writing and submitting. Whatever it is, take a moment to let it sink in.
Hopefully, highlighting these moments of gratitude will be useful and enriching as you move along your writing path. At the same time, ponder how you can be a positive force in someone else’s writing journey. And then take action!
I’m grateful for everyone I connect with in our wonderful writing community.
Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection - Book One: Return to Coney Island and Book Two: The Liberty Bell Train Ride (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017 and 2020); and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush and Ready, Set, GOrilla! (Clear Fork, 2018). Upcoming picture books include Return of the Magic Paintbrush and Sadie’s Shabbat Stories (Clear Fork, 2020). Melissa is an Assistant and Blogger for the Children’s Book Academy, a Regional Ambassador for The Chapter Book Challenge, a Moderator for The Debut Picture Book Study Group, and a volunteer with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators/MetroNY. In other chapters of her life, Melissa has worked as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, freelance writer and editor, and early childhood educator. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Shaaray Tefila, and a past trustee at The Hewitt School. Melissa lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and one puppy.