let gratitude drive your life
This week I am filled with gratitude. Thanks so much to each and every one of you who took the time to contribute to our discussion on books that have impacted our lives. We had some amazing suggestions and some very insightful offerings on the value of books in our lives. Your insights and reflections shot our last post over the top to break all records for most responses to any post I’ve had on my blog. THANK YOU!
The really cool thing is that we have quite an eclectic group here. I am grateful for each one of your comments as they help broaden my mind with every post. What a great place to be!
As I’ve said before, I think networking is essential to the life and career of any writer trying to make a living from their words. I therefore spend a huge amount of time networking, virtually (online) and in person whenever the opportunity arises (that’s a bit harder for someone like me who lives in a small community in rural Canada.)
But I’m off again to what we affectionately call the “Big Smoke” (Toronto) for a few days of meetings and to give back to the national community of writers who have helped build my career through friendship, mentoring, coaching, referrals, and professional development.
All of us who make our livings as freelance writers in Canada should be members of PWAC — the Professional Writers Association of Canada. PWAC lobbies on our behalf, when governments and governing bodies propose legislation that may adversely affect us.
PWAC provides great professional development opportunities for members (virtually and in person) and is a founding partner of the annual MagNet Conference that is held in Toronto every year.
And PWAC members really care about one another. And that is something that helps us get by in tough times (whether they be emotional, financial or stressful for another reason.) I found that when I did my crowdfunding campaign in 2013, the support I received from my fellow PWAC members (past and present) was unsurpassed by any other group I belong to. I am eternally grateful for that friendship and support.
If you’re a PWAC member, I’d love to hear how the organization has helped you. If you’re not, but would qualify, I’m interested in why you haven’t joined or have left us. And if you just appreciate good writing and the efforts freelance writers put into bringing you quality content, via newspapers, magazines, websites, books, anthologies, newsletters, blogs, and any other medium you can imagine, we salute you, and thank you for reading our words.