The 2021 WITS Team Gives Writerly Thanks

Today at Writers In The Storm we’re giving thanks for the “writerly” people and things that help us put words on the page. One of the things we’re grateful for are the two new team members — Lynette Burrows and Lisa Norman — who have joined the behind-the-scenes team here at WITS. Please join us in welcoming them!

We’re also opening the door for our readers! Share your gratitude for writerly things large and small down in the comments.


Ellen Buikema

I am thankful for all the people who have helped shape my writing, occasionally nudging me in another direction to make a clearer, more interesting story.

Many eyes on our work makes all the difference in the world. 

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Lynette Burrows

In a year that started with loss, I am grateful it was also about friends who stepped up to help.

It has been a year full of new opportunities for blogging, and writing, and writing friends. And I am especially grateful for the honor and delight that is being part of the WITS crew.

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Jenny Hansen

I’m giving writerly thanks for TWO things.

First of all, I am deeply grateful to Lynette and Lisa for joining our team. We are a close-knit group behind the scenes here, doing what’s required to keep WITS running. It is our honor to do that work, but it is still work. My fellow WITS Warriors amaze me with their energy, their ideas, and their talent.

I am also giving thanks for Melinda Cohan and her team at The Coaches Console for making my day job dreams come true. I am two months from officially launching a LinkedIn Coaching business and it brings up some of the same emotions as a story launch. It’s exciting, invigorating, rewarding, AND terrifying.

Here is the quote from Melinda that has kept me moving forward this month.

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Kris Maze author pic

Kris Maze

I’m grateful for rekindling the joy of writing small and trying out short story contests this year! It was fun to write with others doing the same contests, and it reinvigorated my writing.

My latest is Star Tracker – A New Beginning, written for the NYC Midnight contest earlier this year.

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Lisa Norman

I’m grateful for the amazing camaraderie of writers from around the world.

Instead of isolation, I’ve found friendship and connection with fellow writers through NaNoWriMo, Lawson Writer’s Academy, and Writers In the Storm. What a wonderful gift this connection is for all of us!

I’m also excited to moderate “It’s a Wonderful Writer’s Life,” the December “advent calendar” of prompts for writers happening at the Lawson Writers Academy. It’s going to be so much fun!

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We won’t be posting here on Friday this week, but we hope you continue to stop by to share your “writerly thanks” with us until we return on Monday.

If you’re in the States, we hope you’re preparing for a great Thanksgiving. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, we hope your word count is making you happy (or that you at least had fun). And wherever you are on your writing journey, we’re thankful that you share your journey with us here at Writers In the Storm. Our readers are the BEST!

Many thanks,
Ellen, Jenny, Kris, Lisa & Lynette

Top Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash

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