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    Celebrating Success

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by psychotick, Aug 27, 2011.

    Hi all,

    Yesterday marked a new milestone for me as an author, somewhere during it I sold the thousandth copy of my novel Maverick. Yeehah!!! Its a big thing for me even if its only a drop in the bucket for most other successful authors.

    Now this got me thinking. I've celebrated a few milestones in my limited writing career, finishing and publishing my first book, my first sale, my first completely unsolicited five star review etc. I'm sure that many others in this forum have done much the same.

    My question though, is much more basic. How do the rest of you celebrate your various writing successes? (Like me with a beer and a sci fi dvd - battle Los Angeles, and maybe a chat with family and friends?) And with it, also is it important to?

    Cheers.
     
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    congrats, that's a great achievement!! :)) You have every reason to feel happy about it.



    *hoping I can celebrate the same thing one day* lol. :)
     
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    Awesome news man. I think a lot of us dream to get as far as you've come.

    I haven't had any writing successes yet but I still like to celebrate when I've done a lot of writing in a week or gone past a milestone like 50% drafted etc.

    I'd celebrate with a cigarette, smoked at night. (I'm odd ) Or... maybe a cheese sandwich. :p I think it's important to acknowledge even our little successes, because writing a novel is a lot of work and the payoff doesn't come until months or more commonly years afterwards. It can get a bit daunting to work on a novel day after day for weeks and weeks and seeing no benefit, no end in site. Celebrate what you can. :)
     
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    Congratulations! That's a really big achievement!

    Well, if I do ever get to celebrate. I'd probably need some epic orchestral music, Chinese takeaway, some friends then some music to do crazy dancing to lol.

    It's not important, but I think people should *u* it's normal to celebrate when you achieve something.
     
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    Congratulations! You're miles ahead of me - I haven't even completed a novel yet, let alone published it and had people buy it.

    So celebrate any way you want to, but make sure you get enough sleep tonight, because you'd better be writing more tomorrow!
     
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    No writing successes for me, yet, congratulations for yout thousanth reader!
     
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    Congratulations! A thousand sales is pretty darn impressive.

    I've haven't had success with a novel, but when I learn a short story has been sold, I usually throw my fist in the air and scream so loud the entire house can hear me. And so ends my celebrations. If I were to get a novel published, there might be fireworks involved.
     
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    Fantastic! That is awesome news.

    I say celebrate any time you are feeling proud. Why shouldn't you?!! ;)
     
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    Well done, cheers.
     
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    I usually celebrate my successes by posting my list of accomplishments onto a message forum asking others how they celebrate their successes. :p

    (edit: and I'm just busting your porkchops, I know you probably weren't fishing for compliments, and they're well deserved anyway, still it's a funny situation!)

    I'm personally not big on celebrating. The way I figure it, there will be plenty of time celebrating my successes in life when I'm dead. Until then, I'll keep focusing on laying eggs, not counting chickens.

    If something great did happen to me, I'd probably be the type to never mention it to anyone and then one day they just find my book on the shelve and I'd be like 'oh, that thing, yeah, book deal, shrug, have more important things to do.'

    I don't know if that makes me humble, arrogant, a jerk or gracious, or what, but it is what it is, I suppose.

    I don't begrudge people for celebrating success and meeting goals, though. With something like writing, you've got to take the good and positive where you can!

    And, post well done, I'll be googling your book. ;)
     
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    Hahahahahaha! :p

    I think I would do the same. Maybe a little private ceremony for just me and myself (like, buying something pretty for myself or do something I've been wanting to do) but I wouldn't throw a big party and invite all my friends. I don't know what to call it either :D
     
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    Hi Guys,

    And thanks for the congrats. Popsicledeath, maybe I was looking for a few congrats, writing alone is sometimes a long and difficult thing. So consider my chops busted.

    But I was also curious about what sort of things people do to celebrate, because somehow I thought I should do something, but I didn't quite know what. As for the do nothing say nothing approach, yeah I can understand that too. I try to keep the details of my books sales etc quiet from my colleagues and most others - mainly because its embarrasing.

    Cheers.
     
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    The thought that is would be embarrassing "admitting" to have written a novel/actually letting people read it, I have had that one too. When people ask me what my story is about, what kind of story it is I am usually too embarrassed to tell. Maybe if I was writing a thriller I wouldn't, but writing a romantic story is something that would make most people look at you with amusement or lose interest in reading it, even though I know many people read those and that is what I wanna write. It might not have been the kind of embarrassment you were talking about, I know, but I thought I'd share.
     
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    Listen to Van Morrison's Back on Top which basically deals with success, what do you do, the feelings associated with success etc.

    But other than just being proud of yourself, what can you do other than move forward? Always move forward.

    I think dealing with success associated with writing is hard, because who other than yourself can truly understand everything that went into your writing. You can celebrate it with the ones you love but do they understand? Maybe, who knows, I have no answers.
     
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    I think that's fantastic to sell 1k. I think that's very impressive. I also notice you have several other novels as well, and I hope your entire catalog does great for you.

    Personally, I suggest a bottle of Dom and a nice cigar!

    Again, congratulations. I love it when an author of the new order (Kindle, independent-publisher, etc.) does well. It's inspiring.
     

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