My Wish for Writers

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May you always have more books than friends on Goodreads. (May you someday have more “fans” than books.)

May you never have to ask, “Did I back that up in time?”

May your wrists stay strong and healthy, your eyes bright and alert, your head swirling with words, your fingertips at the ready.

May your margins always be filled with notes about other authors’ work, questions like “Why did she do that?” “How did she do that?”

May you only find some of the answers.

May you always have at least one office cat. (Okay, okay, an office dog will do.) If you can’t afford a pet deposit, may your resident ghost be ever friendly.

May your voice ring unique and true.

May your purse/pocket/bag always be burdened by the slight weight of a book.

May you never let fear stop you from writing what you want to write.

May you never let fear stop you from pursuing your dreams.

May you never, ever stop being afraid, because when you stop being afraid you’ve stopped trying.

May your email host be swift and sure.

May requests and offers and reviews come when you are ready for them.

May you find critique partners who love your work, who encourage you to keep going.

May you find critique partners who challenge your work at every turn, who push you to get better.

May you never stop trying new things – new authors, new genres, new ideas, new techniques.

May you always have at least one book out on loan.

May your skin stay soft and thin. Instead of “a thicker skin,” may your perspective grow strong and clear.

May you experience a full life beyond the page.

May you never give up.

May you write, my friends. May you write many, many words, and may they be good ones.

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  • Regina Richards

    Beautiful. 🙂

  • Ava Norling

    Thank you. Lovely.

  • Leandra

    What a list! So many little wonderful nuggets of truth.

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Such an inspiring post to start the week. Thanks, Annie. May you continue to inspire us!

  • Splendid! I hope your wish list for other writers remains true to you as well.

  • jclementwall

    “May your skin stay soft and thin. Instead of “a thicker skin,” may your perspective grow strong and clear.” LOVE. And it works no matter what your art.

  • Julia Munroe Martin

    This is so wonderful to read today — thank you for the encouragement 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful week, Annie!

  • Kristen Ploetz

    What a lovely wish list that knows exactly what we all need. Thank you!

  • Cynthia Robertson

    Zeus says thanks for modifying the wish about the office companion to include dogs, (and also (being who he is, and not adverse to a little Pommy one-upmanship over felines) that he NEVER walks across my keyboard or swats at the mouse).

    Love these! Wishing all the same to you, dear Annie. 🙂

    • Haha, Zeus is a cute name for a dog. (My kitties would have you know they don’t ever walk across the keyboard or swat at the mouse either. The big one snuggles on my lap and the little one perches on the back of my chair like a furry parrot.) Thanks very much, Cynthia!

  • Right back at you!

  • AndreaBlythe

    I love this! I wish the same for you. 🙂

  • Carie Juettner

    Thank you for this! It’s just what I needed. (I have many office cats AND an office dog, but now I long for a friendly office ghost.)

    • Yay! We have a friendly ghost; we call him Ashley. Now I guess I need an office dog. 😉

      • Carie Juettner

        Lucky you! Yes, you need to add a dog. I suggest a lazy one like ours. They are more conducive to the writing lifestyle than the bouncy kind.

        • She/he would have to be a lazy one, for sure! I can barely keep up with one bouncy cat. =)~

  • Those are so sweet! Thank you for all the good wishes, and I’ll add my voice to yours, wishing them for others, and I wish help and support for any who need them. 🙂

  • Katy

    Wow, I have faced #2 way too many times. (Sometimes, with a ‘no’, unfortunately.) That’s why I have my auto-backup set to every minute. Never misses a word now! 🙂

    • Yikes! Have you tried Dropbox? It’s free up to a certain amount and it backs everything up automatically (every time you save it). I’m absolutely in love with it. Here’s my link if you’d like to give it a try:

      • Katy

        Don’t worry, I have my own backup system now! I use Polaris Office. It always saves my writing, and they have a great app that I can actually write on the go with.