New Thanksgiving Video: M. B. Weston’s Corner – What Writers are Thankful For (tongue in cheek, of course)

It’s Thanksgiving, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than by sharing what we writers are most thankful for. From our gratitude to writing (which gives us an excuse to avoid people), to cliches and passive voice (which help us criticize other writers), to Greek mythology & the Bible (otherwise we’d have to make up our own plots), this is a tongue in cheek list of what makes writers grateful:

Writing: Writers tend to be introverts, and writing gives us an excuse to avoid socializing with people.

Social Media: Thank you to social media, the platform that lets us develop relationships without needing to engage in an actual conversation.

Friends & Family: Without you, we would all be guilty of writing too much…

Greek Mythology & the Bible (and a Hero’s Journey): Thanks to these guys, we don’t have to make up our own plots.

The Thesaurus: Without a thesaurus, the quick, brown fox jumped over the lazy river. With a thesaurus, the nimble, umber vixen bounded across the sluggish stream.

Strunk & White’s Elements of Style: Thank you to the book with the most practical writing advice you can find in 85 pages. And because walking into a coffee shop holding a copy sends a signal to everyone that you are a serious writer.

Spelling & Grammar Check: Because there, they’re, and their; your and you’re; and two, to, and too, come up much too frequently.

Cliches, tropes, passive voice, and “being” verbs: Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to elevate ourselves by criticizing other writers.

Writing Conventions: With 300 writing nerds (including yours truly) gathered into one place, we finally get to be the cool people.

Tea: Drinking tea makes us feel British, and many of the worlds best writers are British.

Coffee: Let’s face it, at 2:00 in the morning with your back against a writing deadline, tea just isn’t going to cut it.

Coffee Shops: Because for some reason a $3.00 cup of coffee and random crowd noise stimulates the muse.

And in All Seriousness, a Warm Thanksgiving Thank You to:

Our Readers: Readers, you are why we write. Thank you so much for the encouragement you give us, for the books you buy, and for letting writers share a part of us with you.


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Be sure to check out M. B. Weston’s YouTube Channel (!

Fantasy, steampunk, pulp, and paranormal novelist M. B. Weston is the author of The Elysian Chronicles, a fantasy series about guardian angel warfare and treason. For more information on M. B. Weston, visit To receive notification of M. B. Weston’s book releases click here to subscribe to Dark Oak Press & Media’s e-newsletter.

Click here for a full listing of M. B. Weston’s published books, and be sure to check out her ever-growing list of published short stories here.

About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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