As the summer fades into the fall, I eagerly embrace the cooler weather, rainy days, and pull towards reading a new batch of books. However, despite this being my favorite time of year, this has also been a very difficult year for me, filled with challenges that leave me absolutely exhausted at this point. My energy hasn't been as strong lately, and I battle being too stressed to even think about writing lately. However, as I nudge along, and plug away ever so slowly, progress is being made, even if I don't see it.
So, today I wanted to encourage all of you to celebrate the little things in your life right now. It can be the smallest of wins that give you a good feeling. For example, I've gotten back into the habit of reading again (although, my lack of full-time employment may be helping me read more lately, but hey, a win is a win right?). Just hop over to my book and writing blog, World of My Imagination, and you'll find an array of new book reviews.
Other small wins: I'm submitting again. I haven't exactly been all that good this year about submitting my short stories, and honestly, it's become a very long marathon to continue submitting a few of them still. Yet, it's still a win for me. Even as the rejections trickle in, I'm reminded with each one that I'm out there, and I'm trying.
One more small win: I found a story I thought I lost! I go into more detail on my blog, but it was a story I had only found a partial version of, and it turns out, I had used a totally different platform to save the continued version.
So, even if you feel like your writing progress has slowed to a crawl, your book sales are down, your social media platforms aren't growing, and your queries seem like they are a total flop, look for the small wins. Even in the tiny ways, you can discover that you are still hanging in there and putting one step in front of the other.