Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Celebrating a completed project! Wait... We can do that?

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. The brain child of author, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click HERE to join.

Today's prompt asks us, "How do we as writers celebrate project completion?"

 Asking me how I celebrate brings me to a whole new level of insecurity. I never celebrate.

I never feel like I get enough done. I'm always worried if I don't keep a certain amount of pressure on myself the writing will stop and my art will die. 

Chuck Palahniuk puts it succinctly, "Adrienne - Writing means not stopping." I take those words to heart. There's a certain level of discomfort I've learned to embrace as a writer and an artist. 


This is, Alex.

I was just on Alex Dolan's Thrill Seekers Radio Show discussing our podcast with my co-host author, Keri Schroeder. You can check it out HERE. During our discussion on my mystery novel on Holy City, Chosen and my up and coming thriller, Lounge Act I felt a wave of panic whoosh through me. I'm sitting on two more manuscripts and a short story anthology. They need polishing, a second read through, and their queries need to be drafted. I never get enough done and never will. I'm such a loser. I'm lazy. It's pathetic really.

I say those things to myself. All. The. Time. Then I'll write and edit something for a few more hours and be able to go to bed without feeling too stressed and guilty for not getting enough done. 

What do you do to celebrate, or are you neurotic like me?

14 comments:

  1. Don't really celebrate and a bit neurotic too, lol. Happy IWSG Day.

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    1. Good to know I'm not alone. Thanks, Juneta!

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  2. Greetings from your co-host! Not neurotic, but I don't spend much time celebrating. I tend to bask in the glow and move on.

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    1. I'm working on getting there. Thank you for co-hosting!

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  3. "Writing means not stopping." What great advice. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It really is. So simple, it's my mantra.

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  4. Love the title. It really says it all, doesn't it. I am just as neurotic and always feel like I am not getting enough done. However, I hope that drive will be what keeps me going until I get through my first MS. Then, hopefully I can build until I have as many projects (and neuroses) as you do.

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    1. You totally need some inner voice that says, "You got this. Keep going." That's what the Insecure Writer's Support Group does for me. It takes a village, right?

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  5. I know I never get enough done, but I tend not to worry about it much. I probably should be more focused.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I need to be more focussed too, Arlee. It would be nice to end a weekday feeling like I used my time as wisely as possible. Ha!

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  6. I try not to beat myself up too much. I'm learning to give myself a break, after always saying it to other people.

    I don't celebrate either, but this month's question has me thinking that I might next time I publish something. That'd be in May. Woot! Now back to work for me ;)

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    1. I'm way better at showing up for other people than myself. I'm sure as hell not as hard as anyone as I am to myself about my own writing. Congrats on your work being published in May!

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  7. I definitely fall into the neurotic non-celebratory category with you. ;)

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    1. Good to know. We now have our tribe. Thanks, Tara!

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