Celebrating the little wins …

I love seeing wins from other authors when they share them on social media.

It’s great to see when people you know are launching a book or have signed a contract. It’s heartwarming to share in the big wins of award nominations or best-seller lists. It’s encouraging to see colleagues (and friends) be recognised for the talent they have and the stories they tell.

It helps when, like me, you’re stuck in a bit of a no-mans land.

Allow me to explain …

I’ve written two manuscripts. The first one is a finalist in the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade competition, the second is being looked at by a number of agents.

That’s good – it’s some kind of recognition at least. I’d much rather have those than a series of flat-out rejections, but I’m now waiting for answers. I haven’t had any ‘noes’ but I also haven’t had any ‘yesses’. Hence no-mans land.

So in this time of waiting (I’m still writing by the way) and before I’ve got anything significant to celebrate, I’ve taken to celebrating the little wins in my writing. Those things that might otherwise slide on past unacknowledged.  So this is my list of celebration in the past month:

  • Someone read the first three chapters of my award-nominated manuscript and
    asked “where’s the rest?”
  • I came up with another novel concept that, after I fleshed it out and
    analysed in the cold, hard light of another day, was actually still as good as
    when I came up with it.
  • I told my elevator pitch to someone and they wanted to know more.
  • I came up with a plot twist that improves my next story, is still consistent with my characters and works on every level.
  • I set myself a goal to write 6,000 words in a week and I did.
  • The short story I wrote for my newsletter got some great feedback from people who said they were touched by it.
  • My first newsletter went out and subscribers took the time to email me their appreciation of what I’d done (if you do want to subscribe, visit my web site: www.davidrawlings.com.au and you’ll get that short story I mentioned before.)

That’s how I’ve decided to address no-mans land. While I’m waiting for
big news, I’m enjoying the steps on the journey. And one thing about
celebrating your little wins – it helps you appreciate the hard work you’re
putting in, and allows you to see the everyday things you may otherwise miss.

Which little wins could you celebrate this month?

[This blog post appeared in the International Christian Fiction Writers blog].

3 Replies to “Celebrating the little wins …”

  1. Feel like I’m in a similar stage right now, David. It’s good developing relationships during this time–I’m really enjoying getting to know other authors and writers. And celebrating each little victory is key too. Thanks for sharing.


  2. This is fantastic. Thanks for the reminder. I feel sometimes like this holding pattern can be super discouraging if we fail to recognize exactly what you’ve highlighted. My big little victories right now are spending time hearing from God about His direction for my writing. And that is PRECIOUS!


  3. I like your idea about celebrating the little victories. Taking time to acknowledge them helps us “keep on keeping on” and staves off discouragement, because we are achieving something. As far as my interest/passion in writing, my little victories are when someone hits the “Like” button on one of my blog posts. That means my words are having an affect on someone else’s life–my life is having an affect. Another one of my little victories is learning more about writing, either spending time in an online class or reading a book or blog about writing. I count that a victory because I’m making a declaration to myself and others that it’s important enough to me that I do it.

    In my “day job”, which is retail sales clerk, I now count it a little victory when I help someone find something–walk with the person to the product–I start a relationship with the person by being willing to go an extra step. True, that helps the company’s bottom line. But in either writing or retail, the bottom line for us should be about our willingness to serve, whether or not the serving results in a product being sold.


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