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:

  1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  5. Thinking of a killer title makes me very happy too!

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  6. 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.

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

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  7. 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.

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

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  8. 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. :)

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  9. 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.

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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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

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

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    1. I hope you have lots of reasons to do it.

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

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    1. Another day is something to celebrate, Oscar.

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  15. That cakes looks good. Happy IWSG Day.

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

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

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  18. 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.

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

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  19. 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.

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  20. 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.

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

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  21. 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.

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

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Thanks so much for commenting!