Insecure Writer's Support Group is a blog hop hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh where totally insecure writers can get together and share the things that are making us go argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IWSG Day Question: How do you celebrate when you achiever a writing goal / finish a story?
I think the sad answer to this question is that I don’t celebrate. I always mean to, and often use rewards as motivation when I’m trying to complete a writing challenge like NaNoWriMo, but when the month is over I tend not to follow through. Nowadays, I don't even give myself time off to relax. It's just straight on to the next project.
I guess I’m one of those people who is really good at delayed gratification. That or I am one of those insane people who lives for the chase rather than the kill (Sorry. Bad imagery. Have been writing too much shifter romance).
I know it isn't sustainable though. This kind of pace with no reward or down time will likely end in a breakdown. Maybe this is a timely reminder to be kinder to myself.
Yes, do be kinder to yourself! You won’t write very well anyway if you’re going straight on from another project. I don’t celebrate as such, but if it’s the first draft I give it a night to sleep on before rewriting. If it’s the final draft, I triumphantly send it on and then have a cuppa and maybe something sweet before even THINKING about writing more.ReplyDelete
Of course, it depends on how you feel. Terry Pratchett never stopped. I remember hearing him speak when he was in Melbourne and saying, “And then, for about a half an hour, I was a man who wasn’t writing a book...”
I don't celebrate, either. I was hoping other people might give me some ideas about that. Just too focused on getting to the finish line. Who can worry about a reward when you barely finish anything?ReplyDelete
I don't do much to celebrate, but maybe a little time off is in order.ReplyDelete
I always forget to reward myself too. Its a huge success to finish a project though so we should do better.ReplyDelete
It's good to be kind to oneself. That said, I don't celebrate when I finish a book, but I'm thinking I should do a little something.ReplyDelete
As you read the other blogs, I think you'll find you're not alone in not celebrating. We need to be kinder to ourselves. Best wishes.ReplyDelete