The writing life - and life in general - is a roller coaster ride. A series of ups and downs that can challenge our plans, leave us wondering if all the work is really worth it. Rejections. Recessions. Revisions. Why do we do it??
One of the best bits of advice I was given long ago was to celebrate all the good things that happen in your life. It doesn't even have to be the big things - like book sales. Or birthdays and weddings. Or hitting a best-seller list.
You finished a scene that had been giving you fits for days?? Celebrate!
You send off that query to the agent of your dreams? Celebrate!
The scale shows you're down a pound? Celebrate! (Although, maybe not with chocolate for this one lol)
I shared my recent celebration, red hearts and black scrolls etched into my skin to celebrate 15 sales. You don't have to get a tattoo, but do something!
Do you celebrate life's little joys? And if so, how do you do it? A bottle of wine or a splurge on chocolate are common celebrations. A dinner out. Or maybe a dinner in with your loved one doing the cooking and cleaning.
However you do it, remember to celebrate the little things as well as the big ones. Your life will be richer for it, and may make those roller coaster dips a little easier to bear.