Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Insecurity March

Hallo fine peoples! It’s first Wednesday! Wait, whut? Where did February go? Though to be honest I’m glad it’s over. February is when winter really drags and once March arrives I feel a little more hopeful.

Gratuitous cat in drag

So welcome to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group meeting!

This month's question...

How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?

Gads, I wish I remembered! I guess I must have been doing it wrong though. Because if I was doing it right, it would have reinforced me to do it more often and it also would be epic enough that I would remember.

I think my trouble is my first drafts are dirty, so it ISN'T the end. I still have at least 9 rounds of editing ahead. And even then I don't know if it's done. I mean it may not be good enough for any publisher or agent and then where are we? In front of more editing, that's where.

But when something is accepted for publication--THAT is big. THAT is a party.

I gotta question for you. If you had NO RESTRAINTS (time or money), how would you LIKE to celebrate this? I think I'd do a trip. A different country for each book....

Okay, now go visit some other insecure people!

Insecure Writer’s Support Group meeting!




23 comments:

dolorah said...

Yeah, I don't consider it "finished" unless I'm ready to send off to a publisher. But really really, I do celebrate getting to "the end" of the very first draft. Its the hardest copy to complete.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'm with you--I think a trip would be in order! Maybe France, where I'd feel inspired to write more. :)

Pat Garcia said...

Since I live in Europe, I would choose a nice long trip to Italy because that is the country I enjoy the most.
Wishing you all the best.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Usually when I'm done with a draft I'm too tired to celebrate - I need a nap. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A long trip where I didn't have to drive would be awesome.
Good point - are our stories ever really finished?

Joey Resciniti said...

If I had unlimited funds, I’d totally take myself to Aruba to celebrate the 500 word scene I wrote last week for a brand new WIP. Also, being in Aruba would be an excuse for not writing a single additional word since then.

Tamara Narayan said...

I vote for Vancouver. I hear the hiking is excellent in that area.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

You know what's funny about the first paragraph of your answer? I completely understood what you meant. LOL (Hey, how have you been? I haven't been blogging much at all for almost a year. Helping to take care of my ailing mom. Anyway, glad to see you!)

Cherie Reich said...

Hmm, no restraints, I would get a tattoo to celebrate each new release (publishing a book/series). It'd be cheaper to just eat a cupcake or something, though. Hehe!

Gene Desrochers said...

Oh yeah, going to other countries as a celebration of publication sounds epic. That would solve some bucket-list issues for sure!

Jan Morrison said...

I promised myself that if I got a significant contract with a publisher or agent I would get another tattoo. I got the first one forty years ago. I have an idea what I want but if it doesn't happen soon I may need to rethink things!

Diane Burton said...

A trip sounds like a great way to celebrate. I'd take a cruise, somewhere warm. Good luck with your goals.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Just getting the first draft done is a celebration for me no matter how bad they are. But yeah, if something gets published that's dinner out.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Hart - good to see you here ... and just keep on writing and enjoying thinking up new ideas ... celebrate - ah well ... then sadly we need to do all the things we neglect as we write or do other things as I do - take care .. cheers Hilary

Liz A. said...

Oh, that's a good question. Spa day? In Paris?

D Biswas said...

A trip is absolutely in order— I’d take a trip to a new country each time I finish a book, if I could.

Your cat is very cute!

Damyanti

Helena said...

Sigh. I just realized that I never think of celebrating and I've never celebrated. Maybe I've turned into such a workhorse my only thought is... So what do I work on next?

CA Heaven said...

Visiting Antarctica, that's what I would do >:)

Cold As Heaven

cleemckenzie said...

Frank has great taste! I celebrate whenever I can, even when it's a new bra. Times a wasting, so I'd buy an around the world ticket, hop on and off wherever I fancied, and drink a lot of Champagne in between countries.

Crystal Collier said...

I love that. I would hit the entire world eventually. In fact, I would write faster just so I had an excuse to go on vacation. LOL!

Julie Hiner said...

I didn't see your post last month, and am really glad I came across it now!!

I LOVE that you fully admitted that you know even when the draft is done there is SO MUCH more to do. This gives me great encouragement as I am finding my own writing process for a new genre. I will NOT give up even though I have more iterations to do!

:)

Megan said...

A different country for each book definitely sounds like a good idea :)

Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

Yolanda Renée said...

Signing on the dotted line, means a big celebration. But to finish the first draft, oh yeah. Relief, at least a special dinner is called for. Although, to be truthful, no one else, family, doesn't get it!

I'd love to travel. Money as no object, Paris first, Australia, London, and Alaska would be my base of operations. In fact you'd have to helicopter in to get to my place. :)