Thank You!

Today, February 23rd, is a personal day of thanksgiving for me. I have so much to be grateful for: my wonderful family and friends, my work as a writer, which I cherish, and all of my creative fellow scribes, who inspire me every day. I thought I’d take a few moments to say thank you.

Thank you to my friend and mentor Dr. Rob Gilbert, whose wonderful Success Hotline (973.743.4690) means so much to me. I listen to it every day. Rob’s motivational mission really inspired me to launch my KWD motivational blog for writers in honor of my beloved mom Dorothy and my sister Judy. I wanted to share my love of writing and to offer inspiration and encouragement to my fellow writers. The writing life is wonderful, but it can sometimes be lonely and dispiriting. I wanted to bring some light to it.

Thank you to my KWD kindred spirits for reading my posts and sharing your writing journeys with me. Whenever I receive a comment in my email in box, I feel so happy and blessed. It gives me a huge boost to know that I’ve shared something — a quote or an idea or a strategy — that brightens your day and, hopefully, gives you a shot of energy so you can keep going and push past whatever obstacles you’re facing. Knowing that you are reading KWD motivates me to keep going as well, so we are helping each other.

Thank you to my inner spirit, my writing muse. When I launched KWD, I had a few random ideas for a handful of posts. But as my intention to continue grew stronger, my sources of inspiration blossomed (see Idea Magnet). Everywhere I turned, fruitful new themes seemed to pop out at me. I learned something very powerful from this: Our creative well is never dry. Many nights when I’ve sat down to pen my next day’s post, I’ve had no clue about what I was going to write — yet something has always bubbled up inside me or jumped out at me. The more we ask of ourselves creatively, the more we have to give: what a wonderful discovery this has been for me.

And a huge thank you to all storytellers, past and present. Sharing your struggles and triumphs has been such an enlivening experience: Above all, it has shown me the kind of grit and discipline I need to make my own writing dreams come alive — not just on the page, but out in the world.

Thank you, one and all! I hope to keep going and growing as a writer and to bring more inspiration to ever-more aspiring authors as we all write on.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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4 Responses to Thank You!

  1. Toby Stein says:

    Karin, thank you for this post. I cannot in truth say “I needed it.” I don’t need to be reminded to feel thankful. But it makes me feel rich when I see that trait practiced by someone else.

    The plain truth is, my mother (my source of most of what I know that’s important, as your mother Dorothy seems to have been yours) taught me when I was only three years old that, contrary to what a neighbor told me, “please” is not a magic word. My mother told me that “Thank you” is the sole magical phrase in English. When you say “Please,” she told me “you want something.” She explained that when you have received what you asked for, then your “thank you” is freely given, no desire attached. (Apparently, the expression “thank you with a hook” had not yet any currency when I was three.) To say “thank you” and to feel grateful are twin gifts this life offers each of us. My list is very long and, many days, gets another add-on. So, once more “with feeling,” thank you Karin for your many thoughtful posts–and this one especially. Toby

    PS If this amounts to a “comment,” fine.

    • Dear Toby,

      Many thanks for your lovely, thoughtful comments. How wonderful that your mother was wise in the ways of the heart– such a gift! Yes, to be thankful

      every day and all the time is a gift and to give special thanks a gift as well.

      May all our days be blessed with gratitude and joy!

      Write on,



  2. Thank you–right back–Karin, for all your words of encouragement and your useful information and timely alerts for writers. Checking in to your blog makes me feel like part of a tribe, a clan–The Family of Writers. Write on!

    • Hi Martha,

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words —

      they mean so much to me and inspire me to keep going.

      And you, Martha, also for all your creativity and support —

      you are a cherished member of our Family of Writers!

      Write on,



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