Saturday, March 3, 2012

How Do You Celebrate Writing Success?

I'm a firm believer that celebrating success is important. You need to reward yourself when you get it right; and not just for the big things. Just the other week I took my wife out to dinner to celebrate surviving a particularly brutal Wednesday. Part of the fun in life is giving yourself (and others) a pat on the back when you reach an ancomplishment. So when you have success in writing, how do you celebrate?

I have to admit, since I'm fairly new to the writing game I haven't yet had many successes to celebrate. When I finished the first draft of my current manuscript I think the wife and I went out to dinner (You might notice a theme and think I don't like to cook but it's not true; I love to cook. I just also love it when others cook for me.) When (not if) I finally get said manuscript published however, I have bigger plans.

I love tattoos. I find their aesthetics, symbolism, and permanence to be absolutely fascinating. Right now I have 2 tattoos, both of which are what I call "commemorative tattoos" or ink that I've gotten to commemorate an important life event. I also share both of my tattoos. My wife and I both have a tattoo I designed for our engagement and my wife, my brother, and I share a sea turtle tattoo I designed to celebrate a summer we all spent together in Florida.

What's all this have to do with celebrating writing success you ask? Drum-roll please.....when I finally get that manuscript published, I want to commemorate the event with a new tattoo. I'm not 100% sure what it will be but I have 2 likely candidates. The first are the last lines of the 11th Century Persian epic poem the Shahnameh written by Ferdowsi:

"I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will save
My name and reputation from the grave
And men of sense and wisdom will proclaim
When I have gone, my praises and my fame."

The second candidate is by French novelist Michel Butor. It's much simpler but along a similar theme:

"Every word written is a victory against death."

What do you think? Can you suggest any other potential candidates? What are your celebratory plans for your next writing success? 



  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog on writing. Remember, you are not an "aspiring" author if you have already written a story. You are just an yet to be published author.

  2. When I get published, my celebration will be to start another book. And another. And another. :)

  3. @Christine, after a lot of though I have to say that I disagree with you. I posted about it. Take a look:

  4. @David - Starting isn't my problem. Finishing is my problem. That's why I need to make it a big deal when it actually happens!


Love to get comments!!!