Talk Back: How do you celebrate writing milestones?

March 18, 2013

On my Kindle: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Talk Back – Tell us how you write!

What is writing success worth celebrating to you? And how do you celebrate those milestones?

I just finished my manuscript this week-end. By that I mean I finished the whole 90,000 words beast – 5 drafts and all and sent it to printing for a submission.
This took me way too long. All I wanted to do is prove to myself that I could finish something again (and by that I mean something an agent or editor could read) and I am now beside myself with happiness to see that I did it.

It took my a while and a lot of ups and down in the writing business to define writing success for myself. And now that I learned to totally separate the writing itself from the business side of it, I am in a much happier writing place.

So for me success is completion of a full manuscript ready to submit. And I did it. But I don’t know how to celebrate. All I can think of right now is grab a notebook and write another novel right away because it’s so much fun.

I heard of people going out for dinner, drinks, manicures. Having a party, doing something completely different for a while…

What about you?
What do you consider milestones? And how do you actually celebrate?

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox


The fantasy writing motivation calendar

January 5, 2012

I’m really grateful that I treated myself to a Tony Mauro wall calendar again this year.

This is my third. On it, I record my word count or editing time, along with writing milestones such as finish editing a chapter or finish writing the first draft of a novel.

I’ve kept all my calendars and now after two years, they stand as an easy record of my writing progress. They are really useful to check at the end of the year in order to see exactly what I have done (or not).

And since I write paranormal, I found Tony Mauro’s work really inspiring since he designs the best paranormal romance cover such as Anya Bast and Yasmine Galenorn’s work.

I just love looking at it, be inspired and see my progress.

M-C xoxox

(image: Tony Mauro)

Hump Day Kick Start

January 4, 2012

Song of the Day: This is Gonna Hurt by Sixx A.M.

Something tells me a few mouths just dropped open.

All right, kiddies. Tell me about this one. Who is he? He’s wet, and he’s obviously hot.  You know…because of the steam. Rivulets of water are still streaming down his body. What was he doing to get all soaked and vaporous?

What genre would you write him in? Is he a paranormal demon hunter? How about a romantic suspense homicide detective or Navy Seal? Sci-fi, thirller, time-travel?  Maybe he’s bad, bad boy. Did you notice the pretty impressive tat on his arm?

Love to hear your thoughts.

Precious writing time…

October 9, 2011

This morning I spent 40 min revising my work in progress and an hour playing with my blog theme. Uhmm something is wrong here.

Granted I haven’t touch this blog in months and my laptop is dying so most of this time was spend waiting for the images to load.

But… the writing/revising left me refueled, satisfied and feeling accomplished while the tinkering left me jittery and stressed (and I’m still not done because said laptop needs a break).

Do we ever pay attention to how much we spend our time? What part of the day is working towards our ultimate goal and what part is useless busy work?

And what part makes us feel really good while others makes us feel anxious?

I’ve always found that when I do the actual productive writing I feel satisfied and happy while other apparently writing related activities such as social networking make me feel restless and suck my creativity dry.

While time is short, it may be worthwhile paying attention to how we spend it.

M-C xoxox

The long and tedious road

July 1, 2011


Hi everyone!

How is your writing going?

Here is some news for you: your best promotional tool is your next book. Not only the next book, but a high quality book.

Which leads me to the next thought. Sometimes it’s pretty damn hard to sit and write that next book.

But guess what? You are not alone. It’s hard for everyone.

Do you want to be a long term author?


Everyday if you can. On a schedule is you can’t.

But you need to write no matter what.

Isn’t that easy? Yet why don’t we do it? Why can’t we sometimes even find half an hour a day to stare at the screen?

There are so many reasons we procrastinate and there are tons of great classes to help with that (Margie Lawson and Bob Mayer are two people who have helped me with procrastination)

But the bottom line comes to this:

Just do it!

That author you admire, or the one you hate (aren’t we maybe a bit jealous?), she’s writing. When you come up with tons of reasons not to do it, she gets up at the crack of down, or stay up late when the kids are in bed, or sit at her desk when the baby naps, and she writes!

Small steps will get you there. Day in, day out.

There are no shortcuts, no magic solutions!

Sorry 🙂

Stay awesome and go write!

M-C 🙂