One thing that can make this a bit easier though is to celebrate the small successes. Each day with our writing, we can find something that we can add to our list of "way to go's!"
I know I mentioned this before, but the Silicon Valley RWA chapter does a great thing. Before every meeting they celebrate the small and large successes. Everyone is eager to cheer on writers as they make their announcements:
- "I wrote THE END!"
- "I sent my project out to an editor/agent!"
- "I entered my first contest!"
Sure there are those that celebrate their first releases and their newest book, but I am always excited when I hear those prior small victories. But when I say, small, I have to say, these are hardly small victories. For these writers, they had to over come a lot just to get to this point. They had to finally suck it up enough to put that manuscript in an envelope and send it out, knowing the odds were just as a good for a rejection as they are for an interest in more. They knew that entering that contest might mean comments that say it is awful. Still they did it.
It would be great if every day we could have one of those amazing things to cheer about. My book just hit a new best seller list. I just sold 1 million copies. I just made a 6 figure deal. But it might not. What keeps us going is finding those small victories.
As you write the rest of this week and on into next week, I want you all to do me a favor. Before typing at that computer, set yourself a small goal - and then achieve it!
We can't win everything, but we can win some of the small battles. Enjoy the ride and relish that feeling of making some progress.