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The Freelance Writer’s Thanksgiving Prayer: What are You Thankful for as a Freelance Writer?

I wrote the following 10 years ago (2006). I was kind of playing around and got on a roll, then decided to publish it to the blog. It’s become a perennial favorite — one I add to every few years. What are you thankful for as a freelance writer? Add to “the prayer” in the comments section, ok?

CLIENTS

I’m thankful for clients.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay on time.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay what I’m worth.

I’m thankful for clients – who pay their thanks to me.

I’m thankful for clients – who realize my value.

I’m thankful for clients – who have ideas.

I’m thankful for clients – who have no idea.

I’m thankful for clients – who know when to give up their ideas.

I’m thankful for clients – who know what they want.

I’m thankful for clients – who know when they don’t know what they want.

I’m thankful for clients – who let me do my job.

I’m thankful for clients – who realize writing IS a job.

I’m thankful for clients – who realize writing is MY job.

READERS

I’m thankful for blog readers – who value the information they find here.

The Freelance Writer's Thanksgiving Prayer by InkwellEditorial.comI’m thankful for blog readers – who share their ups and downs in freelancing.

I’m thankful for blog readers – who realize their dreams of freelancing because of the info they find here.

ME

I’m thankful for the gift of writing.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – for a living.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – what I want to make a living.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – words that matter.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – just for me.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – love notes to those who matter.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – editorials that change people’s minds.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – to help others.

I’m thankful for the gift of writing – down what I’m thankful for.

FRIENDS

I’m thankful for friends – who realize I write for a living.

I’m thankful for friends – who don’t ask me to work for free.

I’m thankful for friends – who don’t tell me to “get a real job.”

I’m thankful for friends – who pick up the tab during dry spells.

I’m thankful for for friends – who celebreate my successes as a writer.

I’m thankful for for friends – who are there for me during my down times as a writer.

FAMILY

I’m thankful for family – who respect my working hours.

I’m thankful for family – who encouraged me to pursue my dream.

I’m thankful for family – who ignore me when I’m on deadline.

I’m thankful for family – who know I love them, even when I’m on deadline.

I’m thankful for family – who realize that my laptop really is a person to me.

I’m thankful for family – who know I’m a professional, even in my fuzzy slippers.

I’m thankful for family – who encouraged my curiousity, which drives me to explore other cultures.

I’m thankful for family – who instilled a good work ethic, which allows me to grow a successful business.

I’m thankful for – my high school Humanities teacher, who imparted in me a love for words.

TECHNOLOGY

I’m thankful for technology — that works.

I’m thankful for technology — that’s not too complicated to get to work.

I’m thankful for technology — that allows me to live and work from anywhere.

SOCIAL MEDIA

I’m thankful for social media – that keeps me plugged into the world even though I work alone.

I’m thankful for social media – that brings clients to my doorstep because they like my profile.

I’m thankful for social media – which allows me to realize that you can form a tight bond with friends you meet online, just like those you meet in real life.

I’m thankful for social media – that make me realize there are a hell of a lot of crazy folk in the world, and I’m not the craziest of them all!

DEADLINES

I’m thankful for deadlines – that get set.

I’m thankful for deadlines – that pass.

I’m thankful for deadlines – that pass with pay.

MONEY WISH LIST

I’m thankful for checks.

I’m thankful for checks – that come in the mail.

I’m thankful for checks – that come in the mail on time.

I’m thankful for checks – that come in the mail on time in my name.

I’m thankful for – “notification of payment received” emails from PayPal.

I’m thankful for bank lines of credit.

I’m thankful for bank lines of credit – in my name.

I’m thankful for bills – that don’t come.

I’m thankful for bills – that don’t come – in my name.

I’m thankful for bills – that are paid.

I’m thankful for bills – that are paid on time.

I’m thankful for bills – that are paid on time in my name.

WISH LIST FOR CLIENTS

I wish for vodka rum (I’m living in the land of rum now, Jamaica) shots before talking to unreasonable clients;

Bottles of tequila to share with good clients;

A moonshine hangover to non-paying clients; and

A three-martini introduction to new clients.

WORK

I’m thankful for work.

I’m thankful for work – that matters.

I’m thankful for work – that I love.

I’m thankful for work – that I love that pays. 

What are you thankful for this holiday?

Please share in the comments below, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Yuwanda

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