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Celebrate writing: Editor's Notes #300
November 13, 2019

The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal.
There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill.
There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to ones self:
The work is done.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

In this issue:

1. Celebrate writing
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt

1. Celebrate writing
I’m celebrating a writing milestone with you. This is issue #300 of Editor’s Notes. When I started this newsletter on January 8, 2004, I didn’t believe I could write even one issue per month for one year without running out of topics and was terrified of failure. But here I am almost 16 years later, and I currently have a plan for the next 24 topics.

This got me thinking about the importance of celebrating significant milestones. When I published my first paid magazine article, I bought an expensive reference book, which lead to my writing a hard copy book that has sold over 2000 copies. Completing that book gave me the courage to start on the next one.

Significant milestones come at the beginning, at the end, and even in the midst of projects. Some mark long projects. Some mark short-short time spans. (I can have a walk when I’ve written for 15 minutes.) Which ones do you want to celebrate?

Different people celebrate differently. Some want others to share in the celebration, while some prefer a private celebration. However it’s done, a celebration is a way to give oneself a meaningful pat on the back. Here are some celebratory actions.
  • Buy something
  • Eat or drink something
  • Go somewhere
  • Treat yourself to an experience
  • Tell a supporter
  • Make a donation
  • Make an announcement (local, regional, national, international, or social media)

Many people celebrate by engaging in a vice. Instead, consider doubling the value of reaching your milestone by making your mode of celebration something with redeeming qualities.

I’m sharing my milestone with you. Once this issue is in the mail-out queue, I plan to indulge in reading for pleasure.


2.Tickled my funny bone
I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number?


3. Interesting Web site
Here are fifty specific small ways to celebrate.

4. Writing prompt
Write an invitation to yourself or others to a celebration of a writing accomplishment you have had or expect to have.

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