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Wicked Wednesday: Celebrating Small Things

Edith/Maddie, with another post about celebrations. (And no, by small things I don’t mean children.)

Last week we talked about birthdays. What about celebrating small events and achievements? How do you treat yourself when you break through a plot block, finally sort your sock drawer, or get those bulbs planted before the ground freezes? Do you buy a new favorite pen or that scarf you’ve been wanting? Do you take the afternoon off to read the latest thriller or cozy with tea or a glass of hard cider? Wickeds, tell our readers about some small recent victory and how you celebrated.

Sherry: I’ve been doing Nanowrimo — the challenge to write 50,000 words this month. My reward for making my word count is to read for a bit.

Jessie: I love this question, Edith. To celebrate small wins, like a good day of writing or crossing something off my list that has been languishing, I like to listen to a podcast, take a few minutes to knit or by fixing a special beverage like an espresso tonic or a London Fog.

Barb: I was in a writers group for twenty years. We were great about celebrating small things–because the big wins are so few and far between for beginners. We’re all published authors now, but the road was a long one.

The certificate my writer’s group made for me when I finished the first draft of my first mystery novel. It was fourteen long years before The Death of an Ambitious Woman was published. That time gap used to embarrass me, until I got to know more writers and learned it isn’t all that unusual. Family, work, and one go around in 1998 when I got an agent and the book failed to sell were some of the reasons, but the biggest one was I was learning my craft. This is why we needed to celebrate the small milestones.

Julie: You know what? I’m TERRIBLE about celebrating small things and milestones. I wait until I’m done, and even then I’m terrible. As I’ve done so often, I’m going to learn from the Wickeds!

Liz: I’ve been trying to get better at it too, Julie. I’ve been doing small things if I make my goals, like watching an episode of a show or reading or even getting myself a special treat, like a coffee.

Edith: I’m not that good at it either, ladies! My favorite reward is curling up on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine.

Readers: How do you celebrate the small wins and joys?

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