Are you writing a first draft or polishing a manuscript almost ready for publication, dreaming of the day when you’ll be successful? What if I told you that you didn’t have to wait for success. You could be successful today, and you can be a successful writer every day. Not only is it possible, but daily success is what you should be after, not the distant dream of the goal you currently are working towards. That isn’t to say this goal won’t be part of your success story. Simply that you deserve to view yourself as successful right now. And finding daily success will keep you motivated much longer than waiting to feel successful only once you’ve finished your manuscript, found an agent, landed a publishing deal, or sold your first book.
So what can you do to be a successful writer every day?
How to Be a Successful Writer Every Day
Control Your Own Success
While major milestones such as being picked up by an agent, receiving an acceptance letter from a publishing house, or selling any number of your books should give you a great feeling of success, you shouldn’t rely on those moments to feel successful. They are not bad things to want or bad goals to chase after. I hope to accomplish all of them myself one day. But I’m not waiting until I do to feel successful. And neither should you.
Why not? Because you can’t control them. You can’t force someone to be your agent. You can’t force a publishing house to want your book. And you can’t force anyone to buy your book. Since you deserve to be a successful writer every day, you need to control your own success. Owning your success and knowing it comes from accomplishments you achieved all on your own will produce a much richer feeling of satisfaction. And such accomplishments are available to you on a daily basis.
The bottom line is that nobody but you can determine if you are successful. You get to make that decision, and it’s a decision you can make every day.
Find a Moment of Success Every Day
If you want to be a successful writer every day, you need to recognize your daily wins. A daily win could be something super simple and small, or it could be achieving a bigger goal that forced you out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter what the win is. The most important part is that you find something to celebrate every day.
Daily Wins You Can Celebrate
- You believe in yourself (this one is great EVERY day, even if you forget or don’t have time to write!)
- You wrote for 5 minutes
- You thought about writing
- You listened to a podcast or read a book
- You finished a scene
- You tracked your progress
- You are proud of your writing
- You finished a chapter
- You figured out a plot-hole
- You improved your character
- You finished a draft
- You sent a query letter
- You asked for feedback
- You accepted feedback
Celebrate Your Success
You don’t have to go out to dinner or eat cake every time you achieve any of the above victories. You don’t always need to reward yourself with a new book, journal, or pen. Doing so is great on occasion, but obviously not realistic for every little achievement. And you never want to feel like you are writing only for the reward. If that becomes the case, you’ve lost sight of why you write.
However, you still need to celebrate the smaller achievements somehow. It’s one thing to recognize them, and another thing to give yourself credit for how important and significant they really are.
So give yourself a pat on the back, spend some time being aware of how awesome you are for making progress with your writing. Doing so will help you keep control of your feelings of success and keep you motivated to see your WIP to the end.
How have you been successful as a writer today?