Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Why I’m Thankful To Be a Writer—My Top Twenty List

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

With Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie just around the corner, are you thankful to be a writer? Even though so much hard work goes into writing and promoting, I would like to share twenty reasons why we can be thankful to be writers. (I was going to share just twelve, but the list kept growing.) 

See if your reasons are the same as mine. (These are not in any particular order.) Even if we write in different genres, we have a lot to be grateful for.

Why We Can Be Thankful To Be Writers

1. We have the privilege to share with others the invaluable lessons God has taught us.

2. We can work at home. (Enough said.)

3. Our longing to write is fulfilled daily, and we don’t have to stuff it down because other things take time.

4. At writers’ conferences and through social media, we have the adventure of meeting incredible people. 

5. Because of writer friends who can turn into guest writers, we don’t have to blog alone! 

6. Our blogs are an ongoing way to publish our writing and encourage people’s hearts (without having to wait a year for a book to come out).

7. Eventually, the books can get published, even if we self-publish.

8. Because life is filled with funny stories, daily struggles, and multitudes of blessings, there will always be something to write about.

9. Writing Bible studies, articles, and blog posts can be a time of fellowship with God.

10. It’s not illegal to cross over into another genre.

11. We receive books for free (when we plan to review them). 

12. We have the chance to promote our friends’ blogs and books and see them flourish on the path God has for them. 

13. Writing contests are held annually, so if we don’t win something this year, we can try again next year. 

14. Receiving critiques trains us to have thick skin, sensitive hearts, and the willingness to adjust what we write. 

15. Pushing ourselves to make a deadline deserves the reward of some kind of dessert.

16. When someone asks us what we do, it’s fun to tell them, “I’m a writer.”

17. When we see a devotion we submitted weeks ago suddenly appear in published form, the joy is hard to contain. 

18. Poetry is free therapy.

19. We know we are on the path God has for us and He walks with us. Every step. Every word.

20. When we write by God’s power and guidance, He can use our words to transform someone’s sorrow to joy, fear to faith, grief to peace, hopelessness to purpose, and struggle to victory. 

Why are you thankful to be a writer? Did you identify with one of the twenty reasons above? Tell us in the comments below, and don’t forget to join the conversation!


Katy Kauffman is an award-winning author, an editor of REFRESH BIBLE STUDY MAGAZINE, and a co-founder of LIGHTHOUSE BIBLE STUDIES. She loves connecting with writers and working alongside them in compilations, such as Feed Your Soul with the Word of God, Collection 1 which is a 2020 Selah Awards finalist.

In addition to online magazines, Katy’s writing can be found at CBN.COM,, and three blogs on writing. She loves to spend time with family and friends, talk about art and crafts in her group MY ARTSY TRIBE, and tend the garden in the morning sun. She makes her home in a cozy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Connect with her at her blog, WINNING THE VICTORY, and on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.


  1. Amen Ms. Katy. And while you touched on it, I think the greatest reason to be thankful of all for a Christian writer is the blessing of fellowship we get without our writing community. To be able to share our joys, sorrows, successes, attempts, and dreams with others help us remember we are not alone in this journey; in the same way we are never alone in our journey in faith.

    1. Amen. I am so grateful for writer family! Thank you for being in it, J. D.! You are always so encouraging to other writers.

  2. Katy, Excellent list! I am thankful to be a writer because it gives me a chance to share God's love with people I might not otherwise be able to reach.

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    1. I am so glad you liked it and it was good timing!

  4. I love this list, Katy, and agree with every word! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your list includes beautiful reasons to be thankful we can write, Katy. Pleasing God, encouraging others, and connecting with other writers top my list.

  6. Beautiful. I love #20, #15 made me laugh. What a great list, some things I have yet to experience but I'm incredibly grateful right where I am. Thank you!

  7. Katy, now I have NO excuse! "It’s not illegal to cross over into another genre." Loved your list!

  8. I love this list, as well, Katy. Number nine is my favorite, but I feel as though I've met "my people" when I attend conferences. It's a wonderful blessing. Thanks for compiling this list!
    Peace and grace,

  9. So much of this resonates with me.
    Thank you!
    These particularly made me smile—poetry is free therapy and meeting a deadline definitely deserves dessert! YES!