Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG: Celebration Time

It's the first Wednesday again, which means it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. The March 7 question - How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?

Be sure to check out our awesome hosts after you see what I have to say:  Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham,Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

So, this is one I'm kind of bad at. 

My to-do list is always excessively long, and that can mean that I don't take time to celebrate what I've finished. Instead, I just turn left and pick up the next item on my list. 

But I do go back and reflect from time to time, and it can be a real boost to see what I've actually done, especially if I was too busy to appreciate it while it was happening. For example, I was feeling like I hadn't been productive as an author in 2017, until I wrote my end of year reflection and realized I'd done quite a lot, actually!

In fact, it's one of my goals for 2018 to celebrate more, to pat myself on the back for a job well done. That's part of what's so great about this blog hop. The commenters are always so supportive and kind, coming with a heart to help and encourage. There's not enough of that in the world, maybe especially in the writing world, where the work can be solitary. 

A few ideas for celebrating accomplishments: posting a happy dance video about the good thing, going out with someone you love for your favorite gastronomic treat, letting yourself write your play project as a rewarding for having the discipline to stick with and finish your other project, calling your sister (work for me, anyway), giving yourself a little non productive time to goof off completely. 

How about you? How do you celebrate the good things in your writing life or other creative endeavors? 


  1. Oh my gosh, I love your idea of posting a happy dance video. That's so much fun! So is writing a play project and goofing off. Great ideas!


  2. I've done a couple of happy dance gif posts for my blog when I've accomplished major milestones on a WIP. I always have a good time selecting gifs for them.

    I don't often celebrate, either. Like you said, I want to get the next thing done, but every now and then, I do celebrate a little.

  3. I don't celebrate much. It's usually because i'm thinking about what to do next and forget to bask in my achievements.

  4. My goals are usually individual chapters so I'm usually right onto the next goal as well. I do like to let myself work on a different project that I put aside while working on the main one, though, if only for a day.