If you are task oriented like Laura and like me, it may be hard to celebrate your successes. Don’t wait until you get the hard copy of your book from the publisher! Finishing a page, a chapter, a first draft is a reason to celebrate, but the celebration doesn’t have to be huge.
I suspect that most of us aren’t very good at celebrating while we go along. We wait until there is some sort of a milestone, but neglect to celebrate the fact that we actually sat down and put words on paper today.
Ruth Glick (aka Rebecca York) tweets (I see it on FaceBook) when she’s finished a pitch, a chapter, or resolved a troubling plot issue. Lots of people respond with encouraging and comments and help her celebrate. What a good idea.
Here are some ways you might celebrate.
Give yourself flowers.
My particular favorite…treat yourself to chocolate truffles. Oh, heck, any kind of chocolate is a celebration.
Unkink your back and neck (after long hours at the computer) with a massage. Laura did this once, but told me she didn’t know the stones weren’t supposed to make your skin sizzle. Maybe a monkey massage would be a better choice, dear writing partner, but I suppose they might bite. And if you have to hang on a wooden beam, I’m not doing that.