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For March, we've been asked the following question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?
I don't do anything to celebrate finishing a short story, but I have a tradition of finishing first drafts of novels with these lines: The End!
The Very, Very, Very End! (Amen!)
A Book Report on Peter Rabbit!
Rather than ask people to guess where that came from, I'll tell you: it's from "The Book Report," from the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown:
I saw the musical performed when I was in school (I think middle school), and the final lyrics just stuck in my head. Of course, I do remove them during revision, but it's still a fun way for me to mark the end of the first draft.
As for celebrating other goals, I treated my family to dinner the first couple of times I published a book, but I don't think I've done that for the last few. I didn't plan anything special for completing the Season Avatars series last year, probably because I was too busy with the marketing. It's never too late to celebrate, is it?
What do you do to celebrate your goals? Feel free to share in the comments.