My Story

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

Hi, I’m Mary, and my path to forging a full time writing career has been a long, convoluted and ultimately serendipitous one. Like many of you, I’ve written all of my life, starting with my first epic poem at age five (“My Mom is very nice. She’s been that way more than twice.”). But as time went on, I got wrapped up in school, work, relationships, and my words took a back seat to…well, pretty much everything.

Over the years, I worked a crazy amount of day jobs ranging from the uber-corporate cube farm to show-up-in-sweat-pants mom and pop shops. They all paid the bills, but none of them filled my heart. (They did, however, fill my creative reservoir with more characters and you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up moments than I’ll ever be able to use.)

In my off hours, I took on freelance writing projects here and there, developed screenplays and danced endlessly around writing a novel that had haunted me for decades. But to actually try making a living from stringing words together? Nah. It was easier to just scare myself into sticking with the status quo, like so many of my co-workers who were only too happy to tell me of the aspirations they had sacrificed in the name of so-called security. They were painters. Interior designers. Musicians. Even a perfumer.

But as each day passed, I saw myself in them more and more: a frightened creative, rubber stamping my dreams as “idealistic” at best and “unachievable” at worst. Finally, the dissonance between my yearning to live a freedom filled writer’s life and continuing to march dutifully into the office every day threatened to break me.

So I quit.

That was December of 2009. Since then, I have been happily working on everything from corporate video scripts and web content to editing jobs and marketing pieces. I also produced two short films (“Anniversary” and “Waiting For Goodbye”) and was honored to have them screen at several festivals, both in the US and England. And the novel that I was terrified to write? With the help of a killer story coach, Jennifer Blanchard, I finished the manuscript and “Waiting to Wake” was published in December 2018.

I’ve always been a big believer in the power of gratitude to transform. But having received the gift of trading an inauthentic existence for one that is genuine has deepened my capacity to appreciate beyond measure. To devote myself to doing what I love. To finally be who I really am.

And that is, The Grateful Scribe.

This site is an extension of the deep thankfulness I feel for getting to live the writing life, and my mission is to help other writers and creatives. Sharing my journey and supporting you as you slug it out with Resistance, celebrate a new or completed project, or just feel grateful for a day in which the words or artistic visions show up without too much cajoling (or screaming and crying).

By encouraging you, I encourage myself. Word by word. And I thank you for giving me that opportunity.

With love and blessings,


  • Reply Lisa Weld March 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I am so excited to read your blog! You have always been my favorite ‘go to’ person for marketing pieces, video scripts, ideas and even emails! You have a clever way of writing and I am looking forward to reading your book!! So, until that day, I will be reading your blog. Thanks for sharing with all of us your humor, insight and wisdom!

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes March 11, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I’ve appreciated your friendship and support for all these years more than you know. I’ll do my best to make it worth your while to keep on reading! xo!

  • Reply stephanie raffelock March 11, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Look out world! Congratulations, Mary. So happy that you have started a blog and that I get to read it.

    • Reply Mary DeRosa Hughes March 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Thank you so much for the congrats and encouragement, Stephanie! I love reading your blog, and I’m honored that you feel mine is worthy of your time! 🙂

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