Don't you love it when you hit a milestone? Not like a certain birthday or anything, I know for some of us that can get depressing. But I'm talking more like goal milestones. Every time you reach another 1k mark on your WIP, or better yet that 5k or 10k interval. There's just this sense of accomplishment, that YES! I DID IT! feeling that spurs you on to do more.
I am a believer in shooting for the moon and not selling myself short, but I like realistic goals as well that aren't SO far fetched that I'll never reach them.
My local writer's group does a weekend writing blitz at the end of every month. I really wavered on what goal to put for myself this weekend. Last weekend, I hit the 20k mark. I was SO SO excited. I was finally past the whole introduction and could really get into the meat of the story that will work towards the climax and end. Exciting stuff!
I don't get a lot of time during the week to write with the kids and work, so I really depend on my weekends to catch up. Last weekend, I moved my word count up from 15 to 20k. But for this weekend, I really wanted to knock it out of the park. I was sitting at 20,500 words and had this dream of grandeur to hit 30K. But, well, that's almost 10k words in a weekend and is pretty unrealistic.
So I settled. I set my goal at making it to 25k instead of 30k.
Guess what? I'm already there, and it's only Saturday evening! My 30k goal is daring me to try it, but we'll see.
Other milestones lately?
-Last week, I sent out my first query letter of the year on LOL.
-I completed my synopsis, rough as it may be, for the book I'm currently writing.
-On Monday, I will finish my genesis entries and hopefully submit them. This is my first time entering the Genesis!
-My last blog post was #150 since I first started blogging!
-It is almost exactly one year from the day I sent out my VERY FIRST REAL PROPOSAL to an agent. (I sent two really horrible query letters before that. They don't count!)
I don't point out all these things to say, "I rock." However, I do believe in celebrating the milestones, the little wins, that happen along the journey. An unpublished author gets so many rejections and way too much discouraging news, I say keep your chin up and celebrate the small stuff. Each is a step closer, each is the mark of walking in obedience with the Savior, because in the end, nothing would be possible if God wasn't blessing the journey.
I'd love to hear YOUR wins lately. Whether it be BIG news or small milestones, let's celebrate together. (and it doesn't have to be writing related!)