Happy Fourth of July!!!

July 4th is my favorite holiday. I could watch fireworks on a nightly basis. Perhaps my love of glitter and sparkles has something to do with it.

Happy July 4th!

Plus, the Fourth of July is fun. There is no present-buying-stress like Christmas. Sure, you may get some picnic or barbecue food together, but that doesn’t seem to be as stressful as a huge Thanksgiving dinner.

Instead, July 4th is easy. It’s summer, the weather is (hopefully) beautiful and you can just relax and celebrate with friends and family. Again, hopefully with fireworks.

But the real reason why this is my favorite holiday is the meaning. Let’s take a moment to remember the significance of this day; what it represents and why we celebrate it. The Fourth of July is about freedom.

I’ve been thinking about my love for this relaxing holiday and how it makes me feel. Interesting that that same easiness and carefree feeling used to be applied to my writing. Before I learned about publishing contracts, query letters, protecting your rights and pitching to agents, writing was fun, relaxing and, in a way, celebratory.

I’ve just finished my first RWA Nationals in New York City. I definitely left the conference feeling inspired, rejuvenated and ready to write. But my goal for this coming year is now to remember that I write because I love it. While I understand the importance of these things, writing isn’t just about agents, editors, contracts, websites, twitter feeds and meetings.

For me, I need to return to the real meaning of writing. My freedom to create, inspire and have fun.

So, let me wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July and a Happy Year of Writing!

10 thoughts on “Happy Fourth of July!!!

  1. You do have an awesome obsession with fireworks!!! Happy 4th to you and continue to be inspired and create, or I will be out of an editing job 🙂 Hugs!

    PS. Love the pic!!!

  2. Thanks so much for reminding me that writing is a celebration of our creative selves. Sure, sometimes it feels like we’re pulling teeth. But ultimately, we want to feel the carefree release. Writing should be the last day of school, the Fourth of July and a road trip adventure, all rolled into one.
    Happy Fourth of July! I’ll go now to set off some fireworks in my writing!

  3. I love that, Susan-Mermaid! “Set off some fireworks in my writing!” Brilliant. I think I did that today. I was at the beach and pulled out a notebook and pen and just wrote and wrote. That felt good! 😉

  4. You are absolutely right Kerri! Thanks for reminding us that this should be first and foremost something that we enjoy!

    When I think of glitter, I think of you.

    Happy late Fourth of July!

    1. That’s the best compliment you could give me, Carlene-Mermaid! Hoorah for glitter. (Um, and writing!) 😉

  5. Kerri,
    What a great post! I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes the business angle of writing can sap the sparkles right out of you.
    I’m so glad to hear you’re hitting the ground (or sand, as the case may be) running.
    Keep sparkling, my friend!
    P.S. I agree with Danielle. Super cute picture!

    1. Thank you, Kim-Mermaid and Roommate Extraordinaire! My goal is 7,000 words from now through Friday.

  6. Happy late 4th! Love the picture. Your sparkling smile rivals the sparkler in your hands. I’m so glad your writing is going well and hope it lasts for the rest of the year.

    1. Ahhh, thanks sweetie! I wish you lots of sparkle writing as well! 😉

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