This post is inspired by Bess Carnan, a fellow Guppy and writer of unconventional cozy mysteries. We’re both young(er) writers that are agented, but still unpublished. We’ve both experienced the extreme highs and lows that come with writing and the business side of publishing. And we both know what it’s like to fight through these doubts and keep on writing.
Over on the SinC Guppy listserv, in the cozy subgroup, Bess started a weekly thread titled “Non-Publishing Victories.” In her first post, she explained the concept, saying:
A running group I’m part of does weekly “NSVs,” or Non-Scale Victories. It can be anything, from losing an inch around your waist to hitting a personal record in a race to walking 100 feet for the first time in a year.
We could probably use something similar in our line of work, where it’s super easy to focus on big milestones, like getting that publishing contract, immediately followed by Hollywood calling. So what are everyone’s most recent Non-Publishing Victories (NPVs)? What have you achieved in writing, editing, promotion, etc.?
I love this idea, don’t you? Especially since November is winding down and SPOILER ALERT: I am NOT going to win at NaNoWriMo (which has been referenced by me and other Mysteristas here, here, and here).
And that’s OK. I have to remind myself that, although I’m not going to hit my goal, I’m still so much further than when I started and that is still a win.
So I figured, instead of writing about all the things I’m thankful for (though I did write a short piece on Thanksgiving over on my personal blog, along with a recipe), I thought we could share our November Non-Publishing Victories, both big and small.
In no particular order:
- Reached 22,379 words for this month, bringing me up to a total of 42,601 for my WIP
- Spoke on a Sisters in Crime Chicagoland panel about First Book Experiences with Tracy Clark and Layne Fargo, with Lori Rader-Day moderating
- Wrote an article for the Mystery Writers of America Midwest newsletter
- Wrote a blog post for Mysteristas
- Got my driver’s license
I consider that last one writing-related since the only reason I decided to finally get my license is because I’ll need to get around to my various book events, and the CTA can only take me so far. Is this me being presumptuous since I’m already planning ahead for these hypothetical events?
Nope. The way I see it, if you want to make it in this business, you have to keep telling yourself that it’s not “if” but “when.”
So how about all of you, Dear Readers? What are your Non-Publishing Victories (or Non-Scale Victories if you’re not a writer)? Let me know in the comments!