Tuesday, 22 July 2014
writing milestones: celebrating achievements
Last night I achieved my goal of 80,000 words on my manuscript. I set myself the target in March 2013, originally aiming to reach it 12 months later. The deadline flew out the window. As far as SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Oriented) goals, the achievable factor was limited by actual hours in the day vs life in general. I've said it before, but my writing occurs in pockets of time (right now, after breakfast, one child out the door to school and the next due to leave in an hour).
In terms of whether my manuscript will ever actually get published, who knows? It's certainly my aim. If I don't succeed this time, then maybe the next one will do better. I just know that I have to take a minute to whoop about a bit and say, I did it! I have actually achieved what I set out to do. When the first draft is scrubbed and polished and I'm happy to call it completely finished, I've promised my family we'll go out for dinner. Celebrations don't have to be limited to the end product, especially when you don't know what form that end product will take.
Celebrate the steps, both big and small. Enjoy your successes, no matter what form they take.