Thursday, November 4, 2021

Writing Acknowledgments: Some Authors WISH They Could Include

by Lynn H. Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

I recently wrote the acknowledgments section for my March 2022 release. 

It’s a process fraught with emotion for me because I’m terrified that I’ll forget someone who provided crucial assistance and it will be a faux pas from which I can never recover. 

I typically take it very seriously, but I’ve read some acknowledgments that were lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek, and in some cases, downright hilarious. 

That isn’t my normal style, and I rarely have enough room in my books to pull something like that off.

But if I ever did, the acknowledgments would look something like this:

Tongue-in-cheek Acknowledgments

I would like to express my thankfulness to the unsung heroes of the writing world because I would never have finished this book without the following:

1. Chocolate
  • Peanut butter M&Ms and Miniature Reese’s for their consistent and faithful sacrifice to the cause. 
  • Honorable mention going to Symphony with Toffee and Almonds, Twix, KitKat, Milky Way and Milky Way Dark.
  • A nod to all other forms of non-coconut containing chocolate for pinch hitting when necessary.
2. Coffee
  • Hot in the morning when I stayed up too late the night before trying to come up with the perfect way for the hero and heroine to nearly die and nearly kiss . . . in the same scene. 
  • Iced in the late morning/early afternoon when I was trying to squeeze in 250 words that might well be the only 250 words of the day.
  • Decaf for the evening writing trips to Starbucks because it would be rude not to buy anything, but if I consumed any more caffeine I would be able to smell numbers.
3. Coke, Dr. Pepper, and Cherry Coke. My carbonated beverages of choice. For giving me a jolt when I need it. 

4. Spotify: for setting the writing mood.

5. My favorite pajamas (you know who you are): for always being there for me and making the whole process more comfortable.

6. Grocery delivery: for making sure my family had food to eat while I was on deadline. 

7. Lip balm: for being in every bag and drawer and your own special box at my desk, because that’s how important you are. 

8. Cmd-Z (Ctrl-Z on a PC): for returning the words I wrote, decided were terrible, deleted, then wanted back. You rock. 

And last but not least…

9. The procrastination heavy hitters:
  • Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest - for providing me with hours of mindless scrolling.
  • The sudoku app on my phone - for making me feel like I wasn’t losing brain cells while procrastinating.
  • Netflix, Hulu, Prime, YouTubeTV, and Disney + - for making sure there’s always something for me to watch when I didn’t feel like writing.
As with my “real” acknowledgements, I’m sure I’ve left off some critical items that I’ll think of tomorrow! 

What would you add to this list?

Grace and peace,


Lynn H. Blackburn loves writing romantic suspense because her childhood fantasy was to become a spy, but her grown-up reality is that she's a huge chicken and would have been caught on her first mission. She prefers to live vicariously through her characters and loves putting them into all kinds of terrifying situations while she's sitting at home safe and sound in her pajamas! 

Lynn’s titles have won the Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award. Her newest series kicked off in March 2021 with Unknown Threat, Book 1 in the Defend and Protect series. 

She is a frequent conference speaker and has taught writers all over the country. Lynn lives in South Carolina with her true love and their three children. You can follow her real life happily ever after by signing up for her newsletter at LYNNHBLACKBURN.COM and @LynnHBlackburn on BOOKBUB, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST, and INSTAGRAM.


  1. Hilarious! Thank you for these laughs to start the day. Oh the ever-loyal Ctrl-Z. Rocks indeed!

  2. Loved this blog! Thanks for sharing. We need these words once in a while because we're always in such serious moments a good bit of the time!

  3. This is spot on. What? I'm not the only one who has to have easy access lip balm?

  4. Yes! Lip balm is the best! Thanks for this hilarious post.

  5. Love it! Diet Coke has gotten me through some writing--and chocolate. I identified with the lip balm, too. Thank you for a fun read.

  6. Ah, Dr. Pepper . . . I owe so much to you!

    This list is wonderful, funny, and so true!

  7. Like you, coffee in the morning and Diet Coke in the afternoon. Oh yes, a door to my office that closes and locks!

  8. Awesome post. Made me lol 😆.

  9. These are great! Especially the chocolate and control-Z button!! Thanks for a good laugh!