Have you ever been writing and not feeling confident? Feeling that you were not “good enough” and wanted to give up? I have and when this came clear to me, I started a Writing Victory journal. Why don’t you start one, too?
I had come to a stage, where I was beginning to have a routine for my blog. I knew the topics I wanted to write about, I knew how often I wanted to publish articles, I was a having an idea of how to write my blog posts, and I had written the first 10 posts. However, I still had one problem. I wasn’t sure, who my audience was. Who was I writing for?
At the same time, I was thinking of taking up writing fiction again but didn’t know where to start. Then I came across the online writing course Discover Your Writing Self from AndiLit. It was the end of July and the course was running throughout August. I hit register without hesitation.
Discover Your Writing Self
The writing course turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Up till the course, questions were asked in a Facebook group for the attendees to answer, some of them even existential ones like who are you as a writer.
The first days of the course different kinds of fears were being tackled. Fear of rejection, fear of being fake, fear of overwhelming, and fear of failure. Andi’s daily and clever questions took me on a journey inside myself where I had to confront my worst fears of writing.
On day 3 it became clear to me that I needed to start a Writing Victory Journal. It was not an assignment, but a result of Andi’s gentle and persistent coaching while taking us through the questions.
What is a Writing Victory Journal?
A Writing Victory Journal is a way to celebrate your success as a writer.
In my Writing Victory Journal, I record milestones and achievements in my writing. Both small and big thing goes in, but especially those that felt particularly good.
If an accomplishment made you feel good, it means it was important to you.
A Victory Writing Journal is not the same as keeping account of your writing and how many words, you write every day (though you should also measure your progress, but that’s another story). You only keep track of your victories.
How to start a Writing Victory Journal
You can use any kind of journal, like paper and pen, a diary, an online diary, a Word document, even an Excel sheet. I use Scrivener for my writing and also for my journaling. I have a Scrivener project for my journals. In Scrivener, I have created a new folder, which I have called Writing Victory Journal.
For each day I have something to celebrate in my writing, I create a new document in the Writing Victory Journal folder.
The Writing Victory Journal document in its simplest form consists of only 3 things:
1. A date
2. A title
The title should be something that makes you remember what you have accomplished eg. My first submission of a flash fiction story.
3. A description of the accomplishment
A victory in your writing career. It could include screenshots, email correspondence etc. It doesn’t have to be pretty. The Writing Victory Journal is just for you.
You could also add how you felt when you achieved your victory, and why it was important to you.
Make it simple, so it is easy for you to keep account of your victories.
Do you use Scrivener? Click on the picture and get a FREE Scrivener template for your own Writing Victory Journal.
Why should you start a Writing Victory Journal?
I started my Writing Victory Journal, so I would remember the joy, that writing brings me.
By focusing on the joy of writing I diminish the fears, I have as a writer. Fears that all writers have.
When you record your victories, it makes it easier for your brain to remember, how it felt. This will extend your confidence as a writer.
When you are having a day where you feel like a failure, overwhelmed, or rejected, open up your Writing Victory Journal and start reading. Set your focus on remembering how good it felt. Then go write.
Did this article make you want to start your own Writing Victory Journal? Did you start one? Please, come back later and tell me how it made you feel.