A Little Writerly Therapy

by Nicole Marie Schreiber
Published on: April 16, 2013
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In need of some “Writerly Therapy” due to recent events? Read on…

As I sit outside on my porch swing right now during a rare springtime sunbreak here in the Pacific Northwest, I am truly “counting my blessings.”

I know… this term is SO cliche.

Then why am I using it in this blog post of all places– when I could come up with some other unique and clever way of saying the same thing as a good writer should?

Because I don’t want to waste my time today trying to think of something else after another day of horror has happened, this time in Boston. I simply want to get down to the business of appreciating what I have during this precious time that I am here on this earth, which is funny, because our last blog post by Amber touched on what she appreciated in her writing life. I guess we Scrivas are like-minded in that way.

My list dives a bit more into my “other life” besides writing, because of where my mind is currently due to recent events, so I hope you will bear with me. Here goes… (and this list is in no particular order and is not conclusive, but it’s what’s on my mind right now.)


I am thankful for my husband, my children, and my extended family.

I am thankful for the air I breathe, my home in beautiful Oregon, and my neighborhood.

I am thankful for my health and my family’s health.

I am thankful for the sunshine warming up my legs as I write this.

I am thankful for every word, every sentence, every paragraph, and every story that I write, no matter what the outcome of them happens to be.

I am thankful for every idea that I have.  They are gifts.

I am thankful for my wood-burning fireplace and my slippers.

I am thankful for spring in Oregon– trees, azaleas, “rhoddies”,” and tulips blossoming into such vibrant colors—with my favorite, the lilacs, soon to follow.

I am thankful for my part-time day job where I work with children and read aloud the very best in picture books everyday.  What a fabulous way to study them, even if it does take writing time away.  And being around the kids isn’t bad, either!

I am thankful for being a part of the world of children’s literature and playing a part in its content.

I am thankful for my writing community, including the Scrivas, other writers I have been in critique groups with, writers I studied with at Vermont College where I earned my MFA, and new writing cohorts and acquaintances that I am getting to know.

I am thankful for my husband’s oatmeal cinnamon chocolate chip cookies (which I am eating right now.)  I want to remember to appreciate the little luxuries in life.

I am thankful for being 40 years old now.  I actually like myself more than at any other time in my life.

I am thankful that my Boston cousins and family are all safe.

I am thankful for still being in “the writing game.”  I pray I can be for the rest of my life.


If you’re feeling down because of recent events, writing your own simple “thankful” list today or in the next few days may help ground you. Consider it a little “writerly therapy” and give it a try.  I’d love to hear a bit of what you’ve come up with in the comments, too, if anyone feels compelled to share.


Happy Writing.


-Nicole Marie Schreiber












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