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How I Celebrate a Win

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group: a monthly blog hop therapy group for writers.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

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

The short answer is: I don’t.

Perhaps I’m an overly pessimistic person, but I’ve never been one to count my chickens. The world is too quick to remind you that you aren’t as smart as you think.

As a beginning writer, I made the mistake of querying too early. Twenty queries turned into twenty rejections and my previously “finished” novel would undergo another round of edits in preparation for the next batch of queries, which would produce the same results. This cycle lasted until I had exhausted every agent in the query tracker database.

My next novel fared no better.

After doing this for years, I’ve decided not to celebrate tiny milestones. They don’t motivate me and one tiny checkmark on a hundred point list only serves as a reminder of how much further I still need to go. Even if I were to land an agent with my current WIP, the novel would get another round of edits before submissions, and then another from the publisher. As it stands, I see no reason to celebrate finishing something I know isn’t really finished. So maybe I’ll uncork the Champagne on the day the book is released, but by that time, I will probably have moved the bar to making the best-seller list. In any case, I have plenty of time to make up my mind.

As for smaller works, well, I celebrate those by checking my PayPal account.


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M.L. Keller is a freelance writer and editor. Her blog "The Manuscript Shredder" is focused on helping emerging writers hone their craft.


  • David Stringer

    That’s interesting – I find it helpful to note down how far I’ve traveled, so at least I have a sense of progression on my journey. I suppose everyone’s different, the same motivations aren’t going to work for everyone!

  • cheriereich

    It does seem like writing never really has an end goal. Even when the book is published, there are more things to do (marketing and writing the next book).

  • Nicki Elson

    Yep, what Cherie said. Even if you don’t celebrate, at least take the time to pat yourself on the back for completing each phase. Do you know how many people have “thought about writing a book” and never ever get anything even close to a first draft down? Tons and tons of people think about it and never do it. But you’ve done it – more than once. Congrats!

  • cgcoppola

    Maybe don’t throw a party every time you’ve done something awesome, but definitely acknowledge it. You worked hard and regardless of the outcome, you brought art into the world. Maybe it won’t be appreciated in your time, but you’ve still created something. That’s awesome. 😉

  • cherylsterling1955

    Finishing a book deserves some type of celebration. Publication might be delayed, but weeks, or months or years of wrestling a book from page one to “The End” deserves balloons, or chocolate or jewelry. You definately should plan a celebration.

  • Gwen Gardner

    You’re really tough on yourself! You deserve a pat on the back. It doesn’t have to be any big celebration, but be kind to yourself. It helps. So here’s a pat on the back for you. pat pat You deserve it for hanging in there! 😉

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