Sunday, November 10, 2013
Celebrating Unwanted Milestones
The other day a friend mentioned that she'd gotten her first bad review. I offered sympathy, but she
said no hugs were required -- it's a milestone for every writer.
So it is. There are many milestones that show we're writers -- finishing a first novel draft, getting that first agent. Those are worth celebrating.
But so are the milestones we don't want. Often writers get excited for their first query rejection -- they are real writers, with the rejection to prove it. We should celebrate those too with battle decorations of kind. They show we keep going.
So let's all celebrate all those unwanted milestones that prove we're really trying.
First terrible critique
First query rejection
100th query rejection
First trunked novel
Fifth trunked novel
First bad review
First snarky GIF review
First Internet kerfuffle
First royalty statement with unearned royalties
First royalty statement where returns exceed sales
First remaindered book
First time rights returned for lack of sales
It keeps going. But that's because WE KEEP GOING.