Contest: Let’s Make a Writer’s Gratitude List

Carol Tice

Contest: Make a Writer's Gratitude List.

Years ago, when I was finding it hard to get out of bed, much less write, I started making a daily gratitude list.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, I’d like to collaborate with you today and make a writer’s ultimate gratitude list. You game?

If you haven’t done this before, writing a gratitude list is a great way to start the day, or to end it. Our human brains are programmed to focus on the negative. We needed to remember where the saber-toothed tigers were, so we’d avoid that valley.

In our modern lives full of negative news headlines and fears for the future, dwelling on the bad stuff can really sap your writing creativity.

Focusing on the positive is a powerful tool to remind us of the simple joys of being alive.

Ready to join in?

Gratitude list: Contest rules (and prizes!)

The rules for this contest are simple: Add your top 3 gratitude items in the comments. (Yes. We’ve turned comments back on just for this contest. You can also add them over on Facebook or LinkedIn.) Make them uniquely yours. Write the heck out of them.

Here’s the prize rundown:

  • Top winner gets a free year in my Freelance Writers Den community (and yes, you get in right now)
  • 2 runners-up get a month free in the Den.

I’m going to have my Den staff join me in judging this one, including moderator-in-chief Angie Mansfield and my admin extraordinaire Jen Roland.

I’ll get it started with three things I’m grateful for right now:

  1. Owning a home
  2. Unusually sunny Fall weather in Seattle
  3. The ability to make my own schedule

Look forward to seeing your entries! I’ll announce the winners on Monday, here on this post.

P.S. CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!

Grand prize goes to Anna Mouton

Runners up:

Bud Steed
Nada Adel Sobhi

Thanks to everyone who entered – it was really hard for us to choose the winners!

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  1. Tracie Talmadge

    I am grateful for the universal language of music. It’s power ranges from subtle which can transform a sad mood into something more hopeful or the oomph to blast procrastination into oblivion. I am grateful for my musical companion in all it’s forms because with out it I would truly be lost.

    I am grateful for the unconditional love of my dog who always forgives me when I get too busy and forget to spend loving time with her.

    I am grateful for being able to spend time outdoors in state parks, city parks or botanical gardens. Time spent in the great out doors always restores me to my still center where my problems disappear.

  2. Janeen

    1) I’m grateful for all the challenges that 2017 threw my way. It definitely showed me that I am a lot stronger than I think. For the first time I felt like a “serious” writer when my editor threw me 4 assignments which I completed (on time) while working 2 jobs, buying a new home and dealing with a health issue.

    2) I’m grateful for love. Love of friends, my mother and an amazing man, people who believe in me more than I sometimes believe in myself. I can’t imagine doing life without them.

    3) I’m grateful for the ability to find strength and positivity during pain. Losing my little sister in the most horrible way imaginable in some weird way lead me to embrace my passions in life. Writing about happy things was how I grieved , even if no one read most of what I wrote.

  3. Nada Adel Sobhi

    I’m grateful to have not been near the recent bombing that hit my country, Egypt, just two days ago (when I had originally seen this post).

    I’m grateful to have my family around me, even with our ups and downs; they are there.

    I’m grateful for the ability to read (as there are many people in my country who are illiterate, estimates cite millions). This makes me grateful for the ability to constantly learn new things.

  4. Jesse Scott

    I wanted to bring it back to the core of what I’m thankful for:

    My eyes: So I can see all of the beauty in the world, a sunset, my girlfriends smiling face, the printed word, and what dangers may be lurking in the shadows.

    My hearing: So I can hear incredible music, the gift of laughter, instructions and lessons to learn and grow and become a better person, and I can hear the words “watch out!”

    My mind: So I can control my body to move, walk, and speak, that I can create and process and write it all down on the page, and I have the mental capacity to realize how lucky I am to have these three simple things we so often take for granted.

    That is what I am truly grateful for.

    Jesse Scott

  5. Cyrine

    I am grateful for ;

    The peace within Myself
    The love i have and i am sharing it
    The thirst for khnowledge


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