Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Celebration time?

"How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal / finish a story?"

For me, it's usually a cup of tea. Quite often there's cake too.

That question comes from the Insecure Writer's Support Group and if you're thinking you never have much to celebrate, then perhaps you'd like to join?


We tend to think success means winning first prize, selling a story, or getting a publishing contract. Of course such things are wonderful – but that doesn't mean anything less is failure.

We won't win every competition or find a buyer for everything we write, but that doesn't mean we're no good or are wasting our time.





It's VERY important to recognise every writing achievement, even if it's just thinking up a good title, or spotting and fixing a potentially embarrassing typo.

If we've done better than that and actually finished something and submitted it we should definitely celebrate. (And do so again if the piece is bought or placed.)

What's your most recent writing success or achievement and how did you celebrate?

50 comments:

Lindsay said...

My most recent success was winning a very minor comp with a massive £10.00 prize. (Two entries for further competitions is the way I see it.) I didn't exactly celebrate but I did feel ridiculously pleased with my first writing earnings' of the year! If I ate cake only when I had something to celebrate in my writing, I might be thinner.

Patsy said...

I confess that a writing celebration isn't the only time I eat it, Lindsay.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Beef O'Brady's for hot wings and a pint.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well said! Success is in the little things.

Diane Burton said...

I want some of that cake! It looks delish. Celebrating small things is a great concept.

M. L. Keller said...

I vote for tea and cake!
*sneaks off to kitchen

Jennifer Hawes said...

Thinking of a killer title makes me very happy too!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Patsy, I agree with you that its important to celebrate every writing achievement, however small it is. And I want a piece of that yummy cake.

Crystal Collier said...

Food all the way! I actually only celebrate completing novels--the first draft, and then the finalized, ready-to-publish draft. I suppose that's why I go a little bigger on my rewards.

Kathy Karch said...

Agree with the sentiment completely. I wrote something similar in my response to the question. Every project has accomplishments embedded throughout, and I think we're better served as creative individuals if with train ourselves to recognize and celebrate them. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. :)

Julia Thorley said...

Ideally, I like to celebrate by cashing the cheque! In reality, I celebrate with a virtual pat on the back every time I show up at my desk.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - just succeeding at one thing makes all the difference and the positivity rises to the fore and pushes us onwards ... cheers Hilary

Cherie Reich said...

I could definitely go for a cup of tea and cake as a way to celebrate.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I do wish I'd bought something special after each publication - even just a small item. These days, it's usually enjoying a cup of tea and chocolate, or reading for a while before writing again.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Good post, Patsy. I have to learn to celebrate the small things.

oscar case said...

A glass of the red or maybe white to celebrate another day.

Juneta Key said...

That cakes looks good. Happy IWSG Day.

Rosemary Johnson said...

Tea and cake? Good idea, Patsy.

Christine Rains said...

Yummy! Yes, I agree we should celebrate every writing achievement. It's not only acceptances that matter. The little steps are important too.

Lynda R Young said...

Hmmm...cake...yum.
And I totally agree that it's important to recognise every writing achievement. So so important.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Love the tea set. :)

Shannon Lawrence said...

Very true! I should probably get better about rewarding the "little things." Not that I think they're little things, of course, but I only celebrate finishing a novel and selling a short story right now.

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, every achievement big of small needs to be recognized. Even if it’s a physical pat on the shoulder.

I love a good cup of tea.

Patsy said...

Wings of beef? No, that can't be right ... Still a celebration is great, even if I don't understand it.

Patsy said...

It is, Alex.

Patsy said...

It was tasty.

Patsy said...

You know it's the right thing to do.

Patsy said...

I knew it couldn't be just me.

Patsy said...

If my wifi can handle cake, a slice is yours!

Patsy said...

Big things deserve big rewards, but that does't mean you can't have a little treat for smaller achievements.

Patsy said...

We're on the same wavelength, Kathy.

Patsy said...

Showing up at your desk is a vital step towards having a cheque to cash.

Patsy said...

You're absolutely right, Hilary.

Patsy said...

I recommend it, Cherie.

Patsy said...

I bought a special pen after my first sale, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

I hope you have lots of reasons to do it.

Patsy said...

Another day is something to celebrate, Oscar.

Patsy said...

And to you, Juneta.

Patsy said...

I thought so!

Patsy said...

They definitely are, Christine.

Patsy said...

Glad you see it my way, Lynda.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Yvonne. It gets a lot of use.

Patsy said...

It's easy to get focussed on the result and not appreciate the steps we're taking to get there.

Patsy said...

I'm drinking one right now!

liz young said...

Of course there's cake!

Gwen Gardner said...

I patted myself on the back for making my word count goal two days in a row. And then yesterday happened. LOL. Ah, well, it all counts.

Nas said...

Mine is usually after getting a editing project finished. All through out I would be too busy to cook, depending on my husband to feed me- so I may go out for a meal after finishing.

Patsy said...

Of course.

Patsy said...

Stuff has a habit of happening, doesn't it?

Patsy said...

Going out for a meal after finishing a project sounds like an excellent idea.