Celebrate Your Writing Achievements

There is not enough celebratin’ going on here! Sound familiar? Feel familiar? When was the last time you celebrated your writing success? Don’t wait for your first book to be published. Celebrate even your smallest writing victories.

Did you finish that article? Did you hatch a plot for your novel? Did you complete an outline for your book? Fire off a query letter or two? Launch a blog? All reasons to pause and celebrate your writing achievement.

If you’re in this writing game, one thing is clear. You need to be in it for the long haul. Nothing happens quickly and most of us will receive enough rejection for at least three lifetimes. So, in addition to your big goals, why not set some small goals and celebrate when you achieve them?

One mistake most writers make is to only celebrate grand achievements:  the first book, the multi-book deal, the book signing or tour, etc. Most of us need motivation to get that far, and a little celebration before we get there is an incentive to go the distance.

How should you celebrate? I have done a number of things from buying a candy bar to buying furniture. Depends on the nature of the achievement. I like to exercise because I write better when I’m fit. After I had an article published in a leading writers magazine I celebrated by buying a 23-speed bike. I have bought my wife small pieces of furniture which reinforced the fact that my freelance writing was contributing to our standard of living.

What about writing achievements that do not generate income? The query or the idea that hasn’t turned into anything yet? The poem? The outline? I reward those achievements with a tasty treat like a Snicker bar or an ice cream cone. (Good thing I bought the bike first, right?)

The point is writing is hard work. Often, there are no rewards, so celebrate your small victories as an incentive to press on. The writing life is nothing if not a long ride; we have to enjoy the journey, mark the milestones, and celebrate the achievements, however small.

Now if you will excuse me, since this blog post is now finished, I have a date with a Hershey bar.


The Writer’s Refuge blog is a place for writers, like you, to break away from your daily routine and for just a few minutes find insight, inspiration or simply a word of encouragement.

Blog entries are posted on Thursday.

You may contact me at:  jcmchips1@yahoo.com.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder!

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