The trials and tribulations of going from visionary to writer to author are daunting at best but along the way, there are oh-so-many reasons to celebrate. Small successes lead to big ones and taking a moment to recognize and shout out a success, even just to yourself and the computer monitor, is very important.
You must celebrate the successes that mark your journey!
- Realizing that you have developed a unique approach for a unique story
- Creating a wonderful plot outline
- Finishing your first draft
- The ah-hah moment that comes during the critique
- Starting your rewrite with enthusiasm and promise
- Getting half way through the hated rewrite
- Finishing your WIP
- Writing the perfect query letter
- Getting your first request for more
- Signing with an agent
- Signing with the perfect publisher
- Getting your book deal
- Selling your first international rights
- Realizing that you’ve just developed a unique approach for a story
- And so it goes …
There are a thousand reasons to celebrate this blessed life of a writer! And I suggest you enjoy them with a tiny sweet taste of “Sweet Success” balls! Quick and easy to make, no baking and they last as long as you can keep from scarfing them all down. Don’t miss the variations on this recipe. Oh, and don’t get drunk. It may hinder the road to your next success, LOL.
“Sweet Success” Balls (Amaretto Version)
1# Vanilla Wafers ( most boxes hold 12 oz. so you may need 2 boxes)
1 C Fine Chopped Walnuts
3 tsp Cocoa
½ C Lt Corn Syrup
¼ C Amaretto
1 C Powdered Sugar
Using a food processor, fine chop the Vanilla Wafers and pour into large bowl. Fine chop the walnuts, then add to the same bowl with the Cocoa, Corn Syrup and Amaretto. Mix by hand until completely blended and tight enough to roll into a 1” ball (if not wet enough, add a little corn syrup and/or amaretto at a time until nice balls will form. Roll each ball in powder sugar and place them into a container that seals tightly.
The “Sweet Success” balls are delicious right away but oh-so-much better if left to sit, sealed in the container for a day or two.
“Sweet Success” Rum Balls – substitute dark, Spiced Rum for amaretto
“Sweet Success” Orange Balls – substitute Grand Marnier for amaretto
“Sweet Success” Mint Balls – substitute Crème de Mint for amaretto
“Sweet Success” Hazelnut Balls – substitute Frangelico for amaretto
“Sweet Success” Mexican Balls – substitute Kahlua for amaretto
“Sweet Success” Peanut Butter Balls – substitute Peanut Butter for amaretto
“Sweet Success” Raspberry Balls – substitute Raspberry Jam for amaretto
Enjoy! Next week: Comfort food snacks to survive the rejections.