Freelance Writers — What Are You Grateful For?

Carol Tice

A grateful writer rejoices at sunsetI feel like I’ve been pretty hard on you lately, writers.

I’ve been busting your excuses for procrastinating on your freelance writing work, and told you to stop overthinking your marketing and just get out there. Also to get over your obsession with whether you’re doing it right and simply take action.

But today, I’m not here to shake you out of your complacency or motivate you to get anything done.

It is a holiday weekend, after all (at least here in the U.S.).

It’s a time to think about all we freelance writers have to be thankful for.

Each writer faces challenges in life, and has to overcome obstacles to get the writing done.

Some of us are ill, or caring for ill loved ones. Or trying to also raise young children.

We’ve got a ton of excuses for giving up. We’re still in school, or working a day job. We’re old, young, underslept, distracted, codependent, undermedicated, fresh out of chocolate.

Today, I salute you for finding the courage and the time and dedication to write, in spite of it all.

My gratitude list

I want your gratitude list in my comments — so I’ll kick it off.

I’m grateful to live in a beautiful and safe part of the world, with access to incredible, healthy food. I’m lucky that both my parents are still alive, and that I can (and do) still ask their advice.

And grateful simply for every time I open my eyes and have a chance to live one more day.

Happy to be healthy and able to walk, bike, swim, dance, and otherwise move my body any chance I get. Glad all three of my kids are healthy and maturing, and that one survived and recovered from a big health crisis about a year ago.

Grateful for my husband, who has backed my writing career every single step of the way.

I’m so glad to be a Jew, and have a spiritual path to walk that helps me stay out of trouble and gives me the strength to put myself on the line through my writing. Grateful to have carved out a life where I take Sabbath off, every week. (Try it, you’ll like it!)

And I’m thankful for all of you wonderful readers and your insightful comments here on my blog. Thrilled to have the opportunity to help other writers earn more here and in Freelance Writers Den.

What are you grateful for as a freelance writer? Leave a comment and tell us what has blessed your writing life this year.



  1. Robin

    I’m grateful for some down time to take a breath. It’s time for change.

    My husband didn’t hesitate when I said I wanted to resign from everything that wasn’t working well for me. I have time to work out a new plan and have a fresh start in the new year. I’m ready to turn in a new direction and grateful for a husband who backs me no matter what.

  2. Lisa Baker

    At the risk of sounding like a really lame commercial — I truly am so grateful for the Freelance Writer’s Den. I would not be writing professionally if it weren’t for what I learned there. And being able to actually make money — and better yet, feel like I have some control over how much I make! — is such a powerful thing. It’s about so much more than money. It’s about feeling like I can do something valuable. Like I can contribute to the world. Like I have something to offer that’s actually worth something. That’s what I learned in the Den.

    • Carol Tice

      Mwah! And we’re grateful for members like you, who take action on what you learn and go out and earn more money! We love to hear the success stories. πŸ˜‰

  3. Lori Ferguson

    I, too, am grateful to have a husband who supports me in my freelancing endeavors. I’m also grateful to possess a skill that allows me to work from anywhere and experience so many different things vicariously, I’m grateful for the support and love of friends and family, and I’m grateful to have stumbled across this blog and the Writers Den almost a year ago now, as the things that I have learned there have taken my business to a new level of success. Thank you for all you do and share, Carol. It’s truly appreciated and makes a difference to many!!

  4. Holly Bowne

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to share what I’m grateful for! Just a few freelance-related things I’m thankful for include:

    β€’ The ability to explore earning a living as a freelance writer
    β€’ The Freelance Writer’s Den and all the writers who willingly share their knowledge and helpful advice
    β€’ That I was blessed with the gift of, and passion for, writing

    I could go on of course, but those are my top three.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  5. Rebecca Klempner

    I am grateful for both acceptance letters and rejections.

    I am grateful for the guidance of mentors, including the ones on this website.

    I am grateful for my writer friends, with whom my craft grows.

    I am grateful for ideas that appear through inspiration.

    I am grateful for the ideas that only appear after hard work.

    I am grateful that my husband rescued my computer last night from the grips of a suspicious virus.

    I am grateful that my husband isn’t jealous of the aforementioned computer. I spend more time in its company than his sometimes.

  6. Miriam Hendeles

    I’m grateful for my health. Having had a scare recently that turned out to be a false alarm, I realize even more the value of a healthy body.

    I’m grateful for my wonderful husband who supports all my hobbies and passions, and most importantly my writing.

    I’m grateful for my increasing insights into life and relationships, and the opportunity to write it down, further crystallizing my thoughts.

    I’m grateful for all the feedback I’ve received from mentors, friends, writing peers and mere acquaintances who have read my book, articles and/or blog. The positive feedback helps me learn how I have reached others, and the negative feedback shows me how to fine tune to a sharper and more relevant key.

    I’m grateful for my musical interests – piano and harp playing as well as my music therapy clients who have reinforced for me the value of small steps, and the excitement of the learning process.

    I’m grateful (last but not least) for my children who have grown up so beautifully (thank God) before my eyes, and are daily reminders of “the best is yet to come,” and “this too shall pass…”

    I”m grateful to my parents for always supporting me (even when I am really not as “great” as their biased eyes may think).

    I’m grateful to God for making everything possible.

    Happy Chanukah, Post-Thanksgiving and Christmas to all!
    P.S. Thanks Carol for suggesting this gratitude post!

  7. Thomas Hill

    I am grateful for my family who has let me pursue this form of self-employment.

    With their belief in me and my own hard work, I took my freelance writing career from writing articles (500 words for $5 — about 1.5 years ago) to a few months ago, writing for national publications!

    I just finished a 1,200 word article for $400 and got paid in about a week (a stress-free payment experience and they are not my highest paying client either!) — much better than some postings offering $5 for 500 words — with clients laughing at me when I asked if they could give me $10 — now, I can have the last laugh because I’ve learn a lot (from Carol and my own trial and error) that it is entirely possible (with a lot of hard work and continual learning) to make it as a freelance writer and not be glued to your computer 24/7!

  8. Carol Tice

    I’m running out of computer battery here on the road — but just want to say was surprised to come on and see so many people say they’re grateful for the Den. Thanks for making my day!

    My husband is super-supportive as well…so just have to join in on that.

    And I’m grateful to be on a fun Thanksgivukkah vacation and seeing family this weekend.

  9. Alana

    I’m grateful for my last office job; without it I wouldn’t be at this job, and I love freelancing!

    I’m grateful for my family, who trusts me to be wise enough and strong enough to succeed at what I set my mind to.

    I’m grateful for my girlfriend for not minding I’m already out of bed and in the office writing by the time she wakes up. And for reminding me to eat when I’m in The Zone. And for yelling “DON’T THINK ABOUT WORK” in my ear when I keep checking my email after my office hours are supposed to be over. Heck, I’m just grateful for my girlfriend.

    I’m thankful to my cat Jo Rowling for not being the kind of cat that lies on the keyboard when you’re using it.

    And of course, I’m thankful to Carol and the other freelancing blogs I follow for providing advice and resources for beginners like me. I can already cover my rent and utilities with what I’m making writing and that’s thanks to sites like yours. Even a year ago, I would have never believed I could actually support myself writing, but I’ve proved I can in less than a month. Thank you so much for the advice, resources, and community you have created. You are helping so many.

    • Carol Tice

      That’s where the discipline of taking a whole day off comes in, Alana. It’s not just a day not turning on the computer — it’s a day not THINKING about work, either.

      When I say try it you’ll like it — that’s the part that rocks. Because when you really go AWAY from it, all the way, you come back to it with fresh eyes and insights, and then things really move forward.

  10. Teliha Draheim

    I’m grateful for health, fortitude and longevity from my mother’s side of the family, intelligence from my father’s side and creativity from both sides.

    I’m grateful that at age 61, I am able to take ongoing modern dance classes at the local community college, can leap higher than some of the 18-20 year olds, have perfected my arabesque and can remember the complex choreography involved with Jose Limon dance techniques.

    I’m grateful that my long locks have not yet turned grey.

    I’m grateful that I’m able to expand my existing business into Content Marketing Services specializing in both promotional video production and writing, and have more knowledge than most about current best practices in online marketing.

    I am grateful for my 21 year old son’s happiness and success with his new major in Interaction Design at an influential private art college. I’m also deeply grateful for the scholarships they awarded him!

    I’m grateful for my awesome tenants, who more than support my mortgage payments and for my new ongoing writing, design and product development clients.

    And last but not least, I’m grateful for my friends and family who have always been there when I falter, picked me up with their support and made sure my lipstick was on straight.

  11. Brenda Spandrio

    There are so many things for which I am grateful:

    ~Excellent health (I don’t even get colds very often!)
    ~Supportive husband
    ~My daughter finding and marrying the love of her life this year
    ~My eternal salvation and community of faith
    ~The incredible ability to access resources and information that this era of computer and internet has given (including the Den!)
    ~My daughters and my new “bonus” son being able to join us for the Thanksgiving holiday
    ~A fresh start each day to be and do the things I want

    Here’s to a bright future!!

  12. Neil

    Quite a list.

    I am grateful for my Lord and Savior.
    I am grateful for a wife that encourages and pushes me at the same time.
    I am grateful for 2 sons in college and fulfilling their callings.
    I am grateful for the ability to write and to pursue more than a living.
    I am grateful to Carol and everyone in the Den that give their stories and encourage me to become better at my craft.

    In all…I am simply grateful.


  13. Chris Peden

    Ah, my cup runneth over.

    I am grateful to my Lord and Savior.
    I am grateful for a wife who loves me.
    I am grateful for my two boys.
    I am grateful for a career in accounting and taxes that has given me a background to write on financial subjects.
    I am grateful for the readers who have shown appreciation for my posts.
    I am thankful for the clients I do have, and the ones that are to come.


  14. Megan Hamilton

    Hello everyone,

    I am grateful for a kind husband who has turned his life upside down to help me as a writer. I’m grateful for my beloved, beautiful cats who provide me with love and comfort, I’m grateful that I get to live in a beautiful country where I can take my walks and see lots of rain forest. I’m grateful that I’m still able to take walks. I’m grateful for my kind sister and all of her cute, silly cats. (You can see the cat thing is a habit with my family, can’t you?) I’m grateful for all the beautiful rain we get here and for the dozens of trees that I look at when I write. I’m grateful that I have a chance to be a writer again and I’m grateful that I have a chance to be an artist and paint or draw whatever I want. I’m also grateful for kind people like Carol Tice, who makes things a little easier for her fellow writers.

  15. Melanie Wicks

    I am so very grateful that I discovered Carol and the Den. 2013 has been one of the most challenging years of my life, and my two business partners and I have decided we are going to close the door on our 10 year old business at the end of this month, and walk away with our heads held high. In 2014 I am going to relaunch myself as a freelance writer, and knowing I have the support and guidance of Carol, Linda and everyone else at the Den, gives me the courage and determination to succeed. And for that I am extremely grateful.

  16. Matt Blake

    I’m thankful for five healthy and happy children, with whom I am free to spend lots of time this holiday season due, in part, to being able to earn part of my living as a freelancer; rather than slaving away for overtime this holiday season! I’m also thankful for a loving and supportive wife that understands the late evenings spent working on that last minute project. And I’m very thankful for all the online communities for us freelance folk, and those that run them.

    Happy thanksgiving and Merry Christmas,
    Matt ‘Freakin’ Blake

    • Carol Tice

      Oh man, Matt. You have no idea. As a staff writer, you’re NEVER off on hardly any holidays. Always having to come back in on Black Friday and stuff. My husband sold cars and that was even worse, every holiday weekend was a big sales event! For a few years he couldn’t come to family camp with us on Labor Day.

      A freelancer’s life for me. πŸ˜‰

  17. Elmarie

    I’m grateful for being able to receive your e-mail newsletters. I learn so much from them and sometimes they just help me stay encouraged.

    • Carol Tice

      Aw gosh — had no idea this thread was going to become a blog and Den love-in…so glad everyone finds my resources so helpful. πŸ˜‰

  18. Jessica Ramos

    I <3 this:

    — I'm grateful for my family. Sure, I complain about something everyday. But I will take a day of nagging everyday because it means that that's a day that they are with me. After losing my aunt, less than a month ago, to diabetes complications, they seem so much more precious. Our health is also something that I'm thankful for.

    — I'm blessed to have some furbabies who can make any day better. They are my rays of sunshine πŸ™‚ They are my family.

    — I'm grateful that I met a wonderful guy who just gets me and accepts me. I don't know what the future holds, but it feels great to actually feel something for someone that I'm not related to (lol).

    — I'm thankful for some AWESOME opportunities that came my way in 2013. I mean, I attended one of my dream conferences for FREE! It was my small miracle and I feel blessed.

    — I'm so blessed to have access to amazing mentors (shout-out to our Den mothers) and resources (*cough cough* the Den). There are others, but the Den is invaluable.

    — I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to constantly evolve. I feel like I've grown up so much spiritually this year. I also had my first tofurkey Thanksgiving. These things are small, but they make me feel so fulfilled.

    — I'm thankful that I still have H.O.P.E. Too many people seem to lose it — way too quickly too.

    THANK YOU, Universe πŸ™‚

  19. Cinthia

    I’m grateful that I live in a state with vast amounts of wilderness.
    I’m grateful for my legs, which are strong and sturdy and carried me over 1,500 miles of trail running this year.
    I’m grateful for the two moose that hang out in our yard gnawing the heck out of our apple tree. They keep me humble.
    I’m grateful for past editors who taught me the importance of cutting my work down to the bare bones.
    I’m grateful to my friends, my partner and my family.
    I’m grateful for books and long, lyrical essays.
    Mostly, I’m grateful for every mistake and bad choice I’ve made, because each one lead me to this point, and life is pretty darned good.

    • Carol Tice

      Moose! Well, that blows away the deer we’ve got. Do they eat everything too?

      But seriously, we’re lucky to live where there is still wildlife. I grew up in LA so I really treasure that.

  20. Cindy

    I am thankful for all that I have and all that I am. I am thankful for technology allowing us all to post what we are most thankful for.

  21. Rob

    This Thanksgiving I was most grateful for a newsletter I received from Jon Morrow. It put everything I’ve been ungrateful for this past year into perspective. My year started off good, but I let an arthritic knee get me down too much and it trickled down into other areas of my life. Reading his story was so humbling and inspiring, the first thing I did was start polishing my resume and looking for more work. The full story is in my latest blog.

    • Carol Tice

      Oh, I’m with you, Rob — you’re all out of excuses once you realize what Jon is getting done despite only being able to move his face. Really. Just DO it.

  22. Daryl

    I’m grateful for good health (knock on wood)
    I’m grateful for a supportive family, even if they do get on my nerves at times
    I’m grateful for a wonderful girlfriend
    I’m grateful for relatively good finances (Besides my student loans!)

  23. Marc D

    I am so grateful for countless things.
    Waking up every morning being alive and healthy
    Having a loving family both at home and church
    Living in a peaceful country
    For every electronic device in my house. I am so grateful!
    Thank you.

  24. Shauna L Bowling

    Carol, thank you for this completely open and spiritual request.

    I am thankful for:

    I, too still enjoy the fact that my parents are alive. Their love, guidance and acceptance has made me the person I am today.

    I’m thankful for my son – my only child. We have overcome divorce, death of his father, ADHD and the fact that it’s pretty much been him and me throughout his life. He’s 21 now and I’m very proud of him. He still lives at home, for which I have no regrets; we continue to learn and grow as adults.

    I’m thankful for the fortitude I’ve gained through a strong upbringing. I was raised to believe in myself and reach for my dreams.

    I’m thankful for the wonderful writers I’ve met all over the world in various venues. Many have become dear friends and have supported me no matter what.

    I’m thankful I live in a country where I’m free to pursue my dreams. Success or failure is totally on me and not governed by dictatorship.

    I’m thankful for laughter and tears.

    I’m thankful for the warm home I’m able to provide for myself and my son.

    I’m thankful for my hardships, for without them I would not be strong.

    I’m thankful for those who reach out and want to share.

    I’m thankful I have something to offer the world.

    I’m thankful I have the gift to make people laugh and dance.

    I’m thankful for having a functional body.

    I’m thankful for the compassion I feel towards others.

    I’m thankful for our military, both veterans and those who are in active duty.

    I’m thankful that my faith in God makes everything right.

    Oh, there’s so much more to say, but you get the gist.

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, Carol and all who read this comment.

  25. Jack Ori

    I’m grateful that my lifelong love affair with writing has led me to my career and thus to this site. I’m grateful for my new plan to expand my career and that I can have a career that fulfills me πŸ˜€

    None of this would even be possible if I hadn’t gotten my act together, stopped making a mess out of my life, come out to myself and my parents and started living like a grown-up. Right now I’m typing this on a laptop that is way past its prime and I hope to be able to get a better one soon but in the meantime I’m grateful I have this one and that I’m digging myself out of a financial hole and can take steps towards putting the foundations of my career down.

  26. Shelly Drymon

    I am grateful that I decided to take action and change my life! I shudder to think where I would be today, otherwise.

  27. Tanya

    I am grateful that I found and joined the Freelance Writer’s Den and for all the people I’ve met there. I am grateful for these new friends who with their advice and counsel are helping me fulfill my dream and embark on my freelance writing career.

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