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#IWSG March: Goals

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question – How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?

I have several goals:

  • completion of the outline (that’s about 70+ pages)
  • completion of the draft (turn the outline into a rough story)
  • completion of the final draft (all ready to publish–that could take years!)
  • publication

I don’t really celebrate any of these but I do give myself permission to take an afternoon or a few hours off. But, if I have too many other writing projects, I just skip that and move on.

I think I should celebrate more!

More IWSG articles:

What I love about my genre

Steps taken for my writing and publishing

What would I change if I could

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous TimeShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


60 thoughts on “#IWSG March: Goals

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  3. I am not very good at celebrating when I achieve goals. Work and life gets in the way. Need to start rewarding myself!!
    Good luck on achieving your goals, though I have a strong feeling you will exceed them 😀

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  5. I don’t really do any celebrating either, but I think you’re right that we should. Writing is a long solo journey and celebrating should be part of it. Of course, all our online buddies are free with the yays, congrats, and virtual hugs. 🙂

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  6. I agree with you about your own conclusion, Jacqui – you should find a meaningful way to celebrate.

    I always do something, even though it’s usually a very small thing, because otherwise that feeling of euphoria can turn to dismay – worry that my writing isn’t good enough, distress over something said in my writer’s crit group about my work, a little inertia over starting a new project. My celebrations are often meeting a friend for coffee or a walk, and/or dinner out with hubby. I think a physical change of activity is good for me and allows me the necessary shift to a new writing project.

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  7. I’d think you’d feel so much relief when a book is finally finished that you’d just collapse onto a cozy chair and just zone out for a while. But if you feel a shot of energy instead, by all means starting working on your next book.

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  8. Hi Jacqui – yes you do have a lot going on – and have refined things … which is great. Being organised … frees up sometime for celebration – or being out and about walking etc … cheers Hilary

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  9. Man, I thought the outline for my last book was long, but I’m pretty sure you beat me. This one didn’t have a long outline. It was all in my head though, and then it exploded (my head and the story, in a good way.)

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  10. Celebrating landmarks is something I think that I need to do more often. Completing a novel can be a long hard slog, so it makes sense to set aside a bit of time to recharge the batteries and give ourselves a pat on the back every so often.

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