IWSG: Celebrating a Writing Victory

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

March 7 question – How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?

The awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!
How do I celebrate? I think the truth is I don’t celebrate enough. I always seem to have a next goal to move on to, and I move on quickly.
I probably should stop and smell the flowers.
I suppose part of my problem is that I don’t break the big goals (write a novel!) down into smaller goals to celebrate. So, I don’t celebrate the smaller goals, exactly.
Maybe a new notebook, or a writing t-shirt when I feel virtuous, and when my last shirt has holes, but that’s about it.
I’m just about to finish my revision, though, so I need to think about how I do plan to celebrate.
If I don’t plan to celebrate, I know I’ll move on to the next step–in my case querying agents–and never celebrate at all. There’s always a next step, isn’t there?
I am probably going to steal ideas from people with better ideas than I have. I might buy myself a treat, or I might go do something, or just take some time off and stare at the ceiling. I don’t know.
But I do think I should do something.


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    I love that idea I think for me it’s going to be putting more money aside so I can get the editor of my choice to look over my work.

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      I don’t have an editor of my own, but a lot of my indie friends use EJ from Silverjay Media. I respect their opinions, and EJ seems like a nice guy. (If you’re thinking of taking classes, too, members of Holly’s Writing Classes get a discount on him and ay least one other editor.)

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    It seems we’re all looking to each other for better ideas on how to celebrate! Maybe IWSG should develop a writing goal accomplished party in a box kit.

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    I was hoping for ideas, as well. But based upon my sampling, most of us are pretty low key in the celebrating department. I do like your idea of a writing-related treat.

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    I get what you mean about forgetting to stop and celebrate, there always seems to be another goal to start working on! I hope you find some good ideas on the hop today, you deserve some celebrating!

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    I’m with you. I definitely need to work on celebrating more.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It really means a lot.

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    I like the idea of virtuous shirts. I think we all need to take a bit more time to reward ourselves and our accomplishments.

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    Writing T-shirts are a good way to go. I have a shirt that says “Writer’s Block: when your imaginary friends stop talking to you.”

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