Monthly Archives: July 2015

Celebrate the small steps.

Celebrate the small steps.

champagneThere are many quotes about celebrating the small steps.

There is no one giant step that does it, it’s a lot of little steps. (Peter A Cohen)

While working to attain your goal, don’t forget to pause and celebrate the little victories along the way. (Unknown)

Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching your goal. (Unknown)


My first celebration was the first time I saw my name in print. I popped the champagne cork, rang my Aunty in Queensland and ordered three copies (one of which my mum still displays on her fridge).

That’s Life Mum’s Club

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Yep, I was published. Okay it was in a community magazine and yes it was only one sentence with one photo.

I wasn’t expecting my first step to be a published author visiting schools and libraries around Australia, after all I would have looked silly if I had a That’s Life magazine to show for my effort.

But this first step gave me a sense of belief in myself. Even though it was only an image and quote in a That’s Life magazine, there was someone out there who had read what I had written and liked it enough to be published.

My words, my picture, my name.

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Seeing my words, my picture and my name, gave me the confidence to begin sharing my writing with others. Who knows where my writing would be if I hadn’t celebrated the first step and shared my success with others. It could still be locked away in notebooks, tucked under my bed.

Whatever your first success is, celebrate it, enjoy the fact that you are moving forward.

Your first success towards becoming a writer could be:

  • Adding the hashtag #onwriting to your tweets
  • Joining an online writers group
  • Putting pen to paper
  • Setting up a writing space
  • Buying a notebook
  • Waking up in the morning and telling yourself you are going to write
  • Allowing yourself to think about your writing dreams
  • Being published in a local paper or community magazine
  • Setting up a Facebook Page

“Success comes in a variety of sizes. Celebrate them all, no matter how small.” Jenny Graham

Feel free to share below your first success no matter how big or small and we will celebrate with you.


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You have the right to see your words in print!


There has never been a better time to be you, an aspiring writer happily pursuing the ultimate goal – a published book! It rolls off the tongue (or rather, rolls off the keyboard) yet it is, in reality, true. The world is yours – now go and get it.

10 steps to publication – guaranteed!

How can I make such a bold assertion? I can because it is true! You are just as justified in your pursuit of publication as the person next to you, as Stephen King or JK Rowling. Your words and ideas are important. There is no such thing as a bad book – it is merely some books are more popular and resonate with a larger audience than other books. If you are creating a book for your son or daughter or grandchild, it will be treasured. It may not warrant being reproduced in its thousands as such a personal gift – but it can be PUBLISHED!

If you are creating a book because it really is your calling to do this and you will continue to support yourself and your family as a writer – it can be PUBLISHED!

What is so glorious about today is these pathways are open, available and waiting for you… now get cracking! Each week I will share one of these magical steps. Like I say to the kids working with me in the Child Writes program, eating an elephant is easy – if you take one mouthful at a time 🙂


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