As we've spent the weekend celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, it made me think about writing celebrations. In my experience, writers tend to be a self deprecating lot who are always worried about their work and tend not to celebrate their achievements.
Celebrate finishing anything however long, from a flash fiction to a novel. Any piece of writing that is finished is worth more than the piece that languishes half done or stays in the writer's head.
Celebrate sending work out. There's no such thing as a perfect bit of writing but it can be hard to accept that tinkering around the edges a little bit more won't make it so. Send it out - and celebrate the achievement.
Celebrate a contact made. Yes, we can be successful working at home and never getting involved in the writing community, but it's harder. Networking is part of being a writer, even if it's as simple as finding a writing partner to exchange work with.
Celebrate every success you have, no matter how small or humble. The Chinese proverb says that the journey of 10,000 steps starts with a single step - so celebrate the fact that you've just made another step.
Celebrate every bit of positive feedback you get. Believe it or not, people generally don't say nice things 'just to be kind'; they tend to say nothing at all. If someone says something nice, they mean it. Celebrate it.
In fact, celebrate just about anything and everything. There are plenty of people out there who seem to emit negative energy; be someone who looks for the brighter side and celebrate that. Cheers!