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jrhogbin
01-26-2014, 03:30 AM
What is your greatest writing achievement? What did you do that made yourself proud as far as writing goes? Bragging time.

Kylabelle
01-26-2014, 03:46 AM
Hi JR, I believe it is having written two or three poems - ones that came out well and which I still like - that I am proudest of, out of all the writing I've ever done.

How about you? What's your personal peak of pride? :D

jrhogbin
01-26-2014, 04:19 AM
My novel just hit 40k, which is the halfway point to my goal. I am really proud of myself because of it.

And great job with your poems! Be proud of your work!
And, to that quote, I am laughing so hard.

Kylabelle
01-26-2014, 04:31 AM
Thank you. And you too, be proud. I am honestly in awe of people who can write books! I only manage short pieces, but, who knows? Maybe one day.... :D

jrhogbin
01-26-2014, 04:37 AM
I also just noticed your picture. It is so adorable.
And I can't write poetry, so everyone who can write that impresses me!

SunshineonMe
01-26-2014, 06:27 AM
winning poetry contests here.... and now this memoir. :)
Welcome!!

rwm4768
01-26-2014, 08:53 AM
Welcome. My greatest writing achievement...probably finishing my first novel. It's far from my best work, but there's a special feeling you get when you finish your first novel that you never quite get again.

Finishing the four-book series it spawned was also a great writing moment. It felt just as special, possibly more so.

As for tangible accomplishments like getting published...not yet. But I will be.

Griffin Hayes
01-26-2014, 09:53 AM
Welcome!

V.J. Allison
01-26-2014, 10:47 PM
Welcome to AW. :)

I'd say my biggest achievements as a writer would be finishing not one but two double length manuscripts just over a year apart.

Six Alaric
01-26-2014, 11:05 PM
Won a short story contest on another forum. My work received a staggering two votes in total. =p It made everything seem worth the effort though. Like, 'Oh, wow! People liked words I stuck together! I'm a genius!'

Congrats on hitting 40k, JR; I wish you luck on finishing the manuscript.

Anninyn
01-26-2014, 11:14 PM
When my first short story got published and readers compared it to Angela Carter and Shirley Jackson. That made me very smug and pleased, as I love both of them.

williemeikle
01-26-2014, 11:19 PM
Getting 3 stories into NATURE Futures - having had to read the journal for work back in the day made the sales to the market all the sweeter.

Squids
01-27-2014, 02:39 AM
I had a short story published not too long ago. Was the first time I ever subbed anything. It wasn't my best work, but it squashed the feelings that my writing really stunk and everyone was just being nice. :D

SapphireGuardian
01-27-2014, 02:51 AM
I won an award for screenwriting and directing with a work which was one of the two favorites of the Hollywood Producer, Andy Vajna (Terminator, Basic Instinct, Total Recall). Then I'm proud that I was able to create a brand new genre, Auralight Fantasy, and my readers also accepted it and love it. But for I'm proud the most that my book is now available on 6 continents and in 65 countries. Oh, and my character, at least her art, what I created (I'm also a graphic artist) was in space two times (STS134 Endeavour and STS135 Atlantis), and the winged lady's name is on Mars, carried by the Curiosity. And my character has a plaquette about each of these achievements (If you don't believe it, it's on the website, under the menu; Angeni's Corner. Just scroll down. The plaquettes are after the lady's introduction.). :)

Brightdreamer
01-27-2014, 05:10 AM
A writing accomplishment?

Once in a while, someone clicks "Yes" on the "Was this review helpful?" thing on Amazon for one of my reviews. Does that count?

Um... I've "won" five out of five NaNoWriMos, even if the stories are a mess.

And way back in third or fourth grade, I won an Honorable Mention for a story I wrote in class.

Yeah, that's about it so far as writing accomplishments to date.

*goes back to beating head against latest effort*

Maggie Maxwell
01-27-2014, 06:43 AM
Oh god, am I really about to admit this? Publicly?

Back when I was a teenager cutting my teeth on fanfiction, I wrote a silly little guide on how to recognize and avoid writing Mary Sues. This was just over ten years ago now. To this day, I still get people finding, reading, and reviewing it. It's been translated into two other languages, and one girl gave a small presentation on it at an anime convention (all with permission). Something I wrote halfway as a joke has survived completely on its own for a decade, and if the reviews are anything to go by, it's still helping people better themselves as writers. Honestly, it's the only reason I let myself get back into writing after I almost gave up. If something I did was good enough to earn its own legs, so to speak, maybe it was something I shouldn't give up on yet. It's my greatest writing achievement for both general popularity and keeping me going. :)

Taylor Harbin
01-27-2014, 07:22 AM
Right now, my greatest achievement has been writing my second book. There was a four year space between my first and second novels, and I had days when I seriously thought I had lost the touch.

Since I've proven that I CAN write more than one, now my goal is to actually get short stories and novels published.

Anna Spargo-Ryan
01-27-2014, 07:30 AM
Oh god, am I really about to admit this? Publicly?

Back when I was a teenager cutting my teeth on fanfiction, I wrote a silly little guide on how to recognize and avoid writing Mary Sues. This was just over ten years ago now. To this day, I still get people finding, reading, and reviewing it. It's been translated into two other languages, and one girl gave a small presentation on it at an anime convention (all with permission). Something I wrote halfway as a joke has survived completely on its own for a decade, and if the reviews are anything to go by, it's still helping people better themselves as writers. Honestly, it's the only reason I let myself get back into writing after I almost gave up. If something I did was good enough to earn its own legs, so to speak, maybe it was something I shouldn't give up on yet. It's my greatest writing achievement for both general popularity and keeping me going. :)

This is brilliant :D

Mine is writing some stuff that doesn't suck, probably.

Having my agent say "it's a thrill to be able to work with such a talented writer" was a pretty good feeling.

Any time I'm able to move someone, or give them reason to consider a new way of thinking, I feel like I've achieved something.

Winning awards has been nice too, but that's the kind of stuff I hold on to.

LearningCurve
01-30-2014, 08:00 PM
I wrote my first short story, its not great but im proud of it

Christabelle
01-30-2014, 08:12 PM
My column, which had been cancelled, received a state-wide first place for Personal Humor Column writing, and my bosses decided to give it back to me. :)

Kylabelle
01-30-2014, 08:29 PM
I wrote my first short story, its not great but im proud of it

You should be! Good going. They'll get better, too. :)


My column, which had been cancelled, received a state-wide first place for Personal Humor Column writing, and my bosses decided to give it back to me. :)

That's sweet revenge, for ya. :D

Me, right now, after a dry spell of over six months of no writing to speak of, I am proud of having written a little piece for the kidlit contest (see bouncy annoying sigline for info) and not only that, I wrote two! (And then had to choose which one to sub, but yeah.)

I guess I just needed something to prime the pump.

flea23
01-31-2014, 08:06 AM
To be quite honest - I get on Absolute Write to have fun

My writings , however, is a different story. When someone likes what I have done, it just makes my day. I love to see the smiles I get after they receve on of my "Personalized Greeting Cards" or read my tongue twisting poem/stories, such as "Flick, the freckle-faced flea flicker flayer", or "Flippey Floppety Flew".

I know when I have created a diswaster, and I smile a private satisfaction when I even like what I have done.

Natira
01-31-2014, 09:12 AM
Well I was awfully proud of myself when I received acceptances at the age of thirteen, but none were pursued for my own reasons.
Now, however, I would say that my greatest achievement has been a bit of an addiction to writing. I literally can not stop writing! :-)

flea23
01-31-2014, 04:19 PM
Natira,
There's no "like" button. Bit I like your post. That's what it's all about.

Cathy C
01-31-2014, 04:52 PM
The morning I got an email from my agent telling me my third book had hit the USA Today bestseller list. I didn't come down off :e2cloud9: for at least a day. :D

J.S.F.
01-31-2014, 04:54 PM
What am I most proud of? To be alive. Seriously. Work is okay, I love writing, and even though I've yet to make a major breakthrough, I've been published twice and will be again this year at least twice more.

However, my health as of late hasn't been great, and if I weren't able to write, then nothing would be worth it. I get to get up every morning, talk with my wife, see my kids grow up, and work on ideas that are mine and mine alone.

Maybe not the answer everyone was expecting, but I needed to say it.

Ken
01-31-2014, 05:32 PM
I don't really like "pride." It's a hop, skip, and jump away from vanity, imo.

Whenever I find myself feeling some pride I stop myself short.

"Quit gloating, Ken. You do things to do them.
Not to be able to exclaim, Oooh what a fine job I am doing, yadda yadda."

:-(

Brother G
01-31-2014, 11:10 PM
Writing my last few short stories. I don't know, I guess I'm still not writing very well, but they're getting better and better. I'm sure that I shouldn't be published yet (though that doesn't keep me from submitting, since I recognize that if I go by my own standards still I'll never think I'm good enough) but my stories are getting better and better. I can look at each one and compare it to the one before and say "Improvements have been made."

I'm figuring out what works well for me and what doesn't, how to capitalize on what works well and how to get better at what doesn't. And it makes me feel very, very good.

(When I'm not in the middle of a depressive break, anyway).

Brightdreamer
02-01-2014, 03:25 AM
What am I most proud of? To be alive. Seriously. Work is okay, I love writing, and even though I've yet to make a major breakthrough, I've been published twice and will be again this year at least twice more.

However, my health as of late hasn't been great, and if I weren't able to write, then nothing would be worth it. I get to get up every morning, talk with my wife, see my kids grow up, and work on ideas that are mine and mine alone.

Maybe not the answer everyone was expecting, but I needed to say it.

Been there, been kicked in the teeth by that... (In one of life's hideous ironies, I had just finished training to be an online medical transcriptionist, which meant I understood just enough to be scared spitless by some of the terms being tossed around; though it all ultimately worked out positively, my overall experiences made me reconsider ever listening to medical jargon again for the rest of my life, let alone as a career.) Suddenly, just waking up in the morning or taking a walk seems like a wonder - and it is.

Hope your health issues resolve... or at least fade to a tolerable background noise.