The Silver Lining | March Madness Day 26 Check-in

Today is my sister’s wedding anniversary (and by typing this, hopefully I will actually remember to wish her a happy anniversary today) but it’s also Day 26 check-in!

I’d like to give away another prize from our huge prize arsenal today! Today’s winner is…

Daniel R. Davis!

Congratulations!Β Stop by our goal-setting post,Β and choose your prize from those still listed. Email Denise at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with your choice and we’ll get it out to you as soon as possible.

And if you didn’t win, there are still LOTS of great prizes to be won, so keep checking in each day…


We’re in the final stretch, folks! Only a few days left to meet those goals. In keeping with the “S” theme, today’s topic is success. Specifically, success when you aren’t successful.

For those of you who reached your goals, you are awesome! And those of you who didn’t, you are also awesome! Because March Madness success does not necessarily mean completing what you set out to do. Every word you write toward your goal is progress and that progress is an achievement. I don’t know about you, but I count any achievements as a form of success. Without those, I’d have less words and more importantly, I’d be further from completing my goal than I am now.

Because, WIPsters, I will not complete my goal this month. I realize now it was too lofty to try to do an entire book overhaul in 31 days. I am likely going to end up 2/3 of the way done, which is great! I’m proud of that progress. Halfway through this month I realized I was going in the wrong direction and I had to backtrack a few chapters, so even though I dumped a lot of words and a lot of time, I needed to write those wrong ones to find the right ones.

So maybe, like me, you reached to far with your goals. Or life got in the way. Or you changed your mind or your heart. That’s okay. Because you still started your goal, which is just as important as finishing it.

How do you measure success if you are not successful at your original goal? Do you change your self-imposed deadline date once March is over or keep going as you are now?

And, of course, how did you do this week? I can’t wait to hear your progress!

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  1. I focus on progress because every time I pay any attention to the word “success” I’m all kinds of down.
    Seeing progress gets me going so that’s what I do. And so far I’ve managed to revise a chapter a week. Yay! πŸ™‚

  2. Awesome. πŸ˜€ And thanks! Didn’t get much done yesterday or today, alas. Had to take the little’n to surgery for tonsils and they kept her overnight. Now I’m physically and mentally beat (I think I slept maybe an hour and a half…). And I have to work tonight. yay… Ah well, in the immortal words of the Black Knight, I’ve had worse. Course, running around a restaurant on an hour and a half of sleep might get interesting.

  3. 2/3 is awesome, Shana! I’ve had a difficult week. My kindle keyboard died on me when I was nearly half through a read-through with plenty of notes in it (yes, I’ve done a reset and talked to Amazon – and they don’t even make this model anymore!) Anyway, I’ve started from the beginning, now working only on my computer, which makes the process much, much slower for me. I’ve been experimenting with a couple of apps on my phone to try and replicate my favorite things from my kindle. Not quite there with that, but seeing some hope at least.

  4. Yay for you!! I think it’s important we recognize the success in everything we do, big or small. You’re right, every word is a success. πŸ™‚

    I too set a lofty goal, and somehow, as strange as it is, I think (think being the important word!), I might just make it. A complete pass of 74k is quite the goal for me, especially in 31 days! The tail end of my goal, which was to have it beta ready, probably won’t happen, but at least I can celebrate the rest of my goal.

    So HURRAH to everyone who achieved their entire goal or even a portion of their goals!!! You still have five days left. The challenge isn’t over just yet. πŸ˜€

  5. I’ve been outside gardening. I feel so guilty but there is sunshine and I have been so desperate to get outside and get my hands into dirt. there’s always tonight to write.

  6. 2/3 is great, I agree with what everyone else is saying! I have had only an OK week. I sort of lost momentum after I finished by first goal and moved on to another piece, and then I got the flu. Gah. But I’m feeling better now, and back to work, and the time away helped me think my way through some problems with the short story I’m trying to finish by the end of the month. i’m just glad to be in better shape and back to writing regularly.

  7. I will meet my goal, but at the same time, I have realized that this MS needs a TON of work. Something’s not right, but it’s going to take some time for me to figure out what that is. . .

    Congrats everyone for hanging in for this long! Thanks for letting us hang out here on Wednesdays, Shana.

  8. It’s great to read everyone’s evaluations of their progress to this point and it sounds like we’ve all accomplished more than we might have if we hadn’t set MM goals. Personally, I think success is a very individual thing. It means different things to different people. Maintaining forward momentum, regardless of the speed, is always better than standing still with a project.

    I’ve been feeling discouraged that my new WIP hasn’t been developing faster, but without the commitment to keep checking in with all of you, I probably would have set it aside. So my success is measured in continuing to plod forward. There are still FIVE WORKING DAYS LEFT in our madness, and I’m determined to keep adding words to the bitter end. I’ll continue afterwards, too, but I know my goals will change.

    Now… congratulations to Daniel… commiseration with Denise… and hurray to everyone who has made discernible progress of any kind towards their goals! Let’s make these next five days count!!

  9. I feel successful, even if my goals are different. I’ve been working hard on this new outline for next month and it feels good. I may take a breather and send a few more queries, but overall, I’m happy. And that’s what matters.

  10. One minute left to make this check-in! Ooh boy, talk about cutting it close. Critique group tonight took up my evening, but it was wonderful. Such a fun and helpful bunch. Anyway, onward to our goals! I won’t hit my original goal either, Shana, but March Madness sure helped me make better progress than if I’d been wandering about on my own. Yay for WIPsters! πŸ™‚

  11. (Okay, I see it says I posted at 3 a.m., but here, it’s exactly midnight, so I think that counts as checking in, lol.)

    Have a great rest-of-the-week, Shana! Thanks for your inspiring “S” posts!

  12. Thank you, Shana, for the books! I can’t wait to delve into them. I haven’t had new reading material for a while. Been re-re-re-re-re-re-reading those I have. Although, I do so love the Dragonlance Chronicles. πŸ˜‰

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