Nailed It!

My most recent, “nailed-it” moment was when I typed The End on my first fiction novel—book one in a suspense/thriller series. After fist-punching the air, I burst into happy tears.

Nail it!

I wasn’t alone in my writing effort. At last year’s UW-Madison’s Writers’ Institute, I was honored to promote the Pathway to Publication program and signed up for it myself. My coach was Christine DeSmet. She figuratively held my hand through the new-to-me fiction territory, taking the fear out of it and making it a distinct pleasure.

Now I’m working on book two in the series.

What’s your most recent “nailed it” moment?


88 thoughts on “Nailed It!

  1. I can see how that would have been a momentous event for you, as it doesn’t come without its troubles and tribulations.
    I’ve recently entered a local writers short story competition (my first ever serious one – I’ve done a couple of horror ones for fun). I hope my story will be selected for publication, regardless of winning. Publication would be a prize all of its own. Happy writing! ✒📠

  2. Congratulations, Laurie. I am doing very small projects these days. Travel, reading, practicing with my choir, leading and planning worship, writing one blog post per month. I have a speech to give in April. When I finish it and pour out my best thought and find a way to really thank a room full of volunteers, I hope to have that nailed it feeling.

    • Shirley — Your “small” projects add up to BIG irons in the fire. I know that you speech will be wonderful. I just know it. And once it’s in the rearview mirror, I’m utterly confident that you’ll fist-punch the air and enjoy the “nailed it” feeling.

      (I’m giving a speech in April, too. On the 27th, I’m speaking to the board of World Citizen about BEing Peace).

  3. Laurie, thank you for the mention. It’s an honor to work with a writer and professional such as yourself. You’re diligent, smart about things, and creative and always upbeat. You also kept an amazing weekly writing schedule all year long. Applause!

  4. Congratulations, Laurie! Your question gave me pause. I haven’t spent time at my writing desk, or behind my camera, since our granddaughter arrived to spend spring break with us. We’re in the second week now, and “nailing it” consists of day-to-day time well spent with her. This is my most important work right now.

  5. Plaudits to you, Laurie! It’s important to celebrate each step of your amazing journey. Truly, no grass grows under your feet, my friend. Just today I received Proof 1 (manuscript and layout) from the designers. It’s not a “nailed-it” moment, but it’s definitely progress toward my memoir publication.

  6. Congratulations Laurie! I am so excited for you! I bet you are just dancing around the room. What a thrilling (or should I say thriller) experience 😉 I think back to the joking we would do on occasion about putting on our trench coats and glasses with moustaches to spy on something. Now you have done it – nailed it! Hats off to you!

    My most recent “nailed it” moment was when I was notified that one of my landscape oil paintings had been jury-selected by a gallery for a spring show in New York City. I have a post about the painting and show at that you may have already read but others likely will have not.

      • I am trying to be all calm and professional about it Laurie but then that great big grin of mine cracks open my face and there you have it! Total ecstatics! 🙂

  7. Hmm, interesting and I’m going to go with a climb my husband and I made on a very warm day in January to one of our formerly favorite short hikes in Shenandoah National Park. With health issues (and surgery he had in Nov.) we went somewhat cautiously, but got there! Not the tallest peak in the world but given our aging bodies, it felt pretty good! A highlight that may be of interest to others was that this was during the government shut down in Jan., and so national parks were officially closed, but people were cleaning up any trash they found and trying to help keep the parks open and usable by the public, even without park services and rangers. Such good folks! Sure, some were just happy to get in free at that time, but as seniors with lifetime passes, we get in free now anyway. 🙂

  8. Very exciting! Congratulations on your first book in your new genre! It will be hard to wait until 2020.

    I am in the middle of the toughest chapter in my memoir (a major climax point). I had a small breakthough with a major impact on how to bring it to my readers! So, I will call that a “nailed it” moment.

    I so wish I could do both the Writers Conference and the Pathway to Publication series. It’s beyond me at the moment. However, I will reach out to Christine DeSmet to see what my alternatives might be. Perhaps the Writers by the Lake option … will work. I will have (based on my schedule) my first draft finally complete by that time!

  9. Congratulations, Laurie. Always a moment to celebrate after typing “The End.” 🙂 Can’t think of any recent nailed-it moments, but last year I had a few stellar rounds of golf (even par or +1) that cause me to think “Nailed it!” Not nearly as hard as writing a complete novel, but extremely challenging in a combined physical and mental way. That’s why I love golf so much.


      • Thanks, Laurie. I appreciate that. Certainly I felt I “nailed it” when I first held the galley copy in my hand and had the satisfaction of completing a published novel, but then the trepidation set in about “will it be ‘good enough,'” which more than offset the “nailed it” feeliing. 🙂 Ain’t writing an emotional roller coaster??


  10. Congratulations. My most recent “Nailed it” moment in the writing arena was finishing my memoir, sending it to my publisher and getting a “yes” to get it published next year. Of course,rewrites are necessary (par for the course) and he gave lots of helpful suggestions. And for the record, I am still writing my Beyond mystery fiction series and am doing research for the next book in the series (as well as nailing the beginning). But all in good time. And Laurie, as another mystery-suspense author, I would like to purchase and read your book when it comes out. But also I am a longtime (since childhood) reader of mystery fiction. You can blame that on Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie and my late mom who got me hooked from watching the old black and white Perry Mason series every Saturday night on TV.

    • Sharon — Congratulations on getting a YES from your publisher for your memoir. That’s huge.

      My mom got me hooked on reading, too. I loved reading Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie. And growing up, we saw Perry Mason on television 🙂

  11. Congratulations, Laurie! Moving ever forward, that’s you. I tend to spend a lot of time in one place before I consider moving – sideways, forward, or backward.

  12. Congratulations, Laurie, and I can’t wait to read your novel!

    My most recent “nailed it” moment was when a nonfiction author I’d been working with since 2015 completed his manuscript and book proposal. The book was accepted by his first-choice publisher, and of course he was thrilled. Helping him position his book for them led to that fist-bump moment when he received word that his book would be published.

  13. Whew! You are on a ROLL! I’ve been receiving drafts of illustrations for my next children’s book from my illustrator. She is nailing my book’s characters so well, that I feel like I’m nailing it too! 🙂

  14. Congratulations, Laurie! I can imagine this feeling like a wonderful “nailed it” success! I don’t have a particular area that comes to my mind, but I think that I am happy in my daily pursuits, and sometimes I think that living with intention and being happy is a real “nailed it” success these days. I’m content. That’s a good thing! 🙂

  15. My current activity is to get 200 letters to our city council about our homeless/drug situation in downtown corridor. I have 3 lined up so far….I will let you know if it nailed it by April 16th…
    Congratulations to you and to Terrill and what a list of success found here in the comments! Hip Hip Hurrah!

  16. I’m going through a similar process with a novel I’m working on. My author mentor is fantastic. We haven’t “nailed it” yet, but we’re getting close. When I do, I have no doubt that I will cry.
    I look forward to reading your book!

  17. Hats 🎩 off to you Laurie that’s wonderful. I can’t wait to read it .
    I’ve got Colin to take April off to get our ‘half house ‘ ( yes you heard right STILL half House ) finished .

  18. I wish I had one. Life’s not been treating me kindly for the last year and a half… and there’s only worse to come. I suppose I managed to keep going despite of everything, that’s something.

    Love the picture that accompanies your post – so appropriate! 🙂

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