IWSG-March 2018

Welcome to the March installment of the monthly blog hop of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Check us out here then join in the fun. We really are the best of the best.


The optional question for this month is- How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?

I don’t recall ever celebrating the completion of  a story, but I do remember my emotions after finishing my first book.

For years I struggled to complete my first novel (a lovely work of literary fiction still waiting to find a home), getting close to breakthroughs but always coming up short. When after finally figuring out how to actually write a novel, and when I actually wrote the final words, a huge wave of relief washed over me. I may have cried (no may about it), sitting in my office, staring at the wall, then the computer screen, back to the wall, unsure about what I was supposed to do next.

I admit, I thought the hard part was over.

As for the celebration, I think I cracked open a beer, and I recall my wife being very happy for me, and asking me when she could read it. I also recall going out to dinner to celebrate (likely Thai food, or maybe Korean).

Finishing the next two books wasn’t nearly as emotional, but in some ways more rewarding. I really felt accomplished after finishing the second book, and instantly went out and bought myself a record or two. Having two complete works made me finally feel like a writer, which is pretty silly to say.

After the third book was complete, I took the family out for Mexican food. It may be time to think of something besides food for celebrating.


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About Ryan Carty

There are some who call me, Tim?

7 responses to “IWSG-March 2018”

  1. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor says :

    Food seems like a great way to celebrate, especially when you’re with your family who are cheering you on. I would stick with that, but maybe add on a visit to an ice cream parlor afterward.

  2. Diane Burton says :

    I can appreciate your emotions when finishing that first book. Then reality sets in with “what do I do next?” Oh, yeah. Celebrating with a dinner out sounds good. Enjoy.

  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    Food is the best way to celebrate, especially unhealthy food to make it more special! I think that’s what I would do if there is ever a time for writing celebrations. I love Thai food, and sweet cocktails. Can’t wait to finish (publish) that memoir.

    Finishing three novels is quite the feat, Ryan. I hope you eventually find good homes for them! You are certainly trying now. 🙂

  4. Yvonne V says :

    Going out to eat seems like a nice tradition!

  5. Mary Aalgaard says :

    Food is a good way to celebrate! Of course, you felt emotional after completing such a large project. Congrats on all the success!!
    Mary at Play off the Page

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) says :

    Food is always a great way to celebrate. You could eat around the world by celebrating that way.

  7. jmh says :

    I agree with Alex and Mary–food is always great for celebrating, especially when shared with loved ones.

    Buying something you love as a treat was a good move too.

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