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Done!

So I just finished the novel.

Now what?

Dare I actually turn on the TV?

I’m actually a bit teary eyed right now. Yes I know I’ll have to do more edits when I get feedback from readers, but it still feels like a kind of ending. Off she’ll go into the world, and I expect her to come back bruised and battered, but not dead, I hope.

Now, I’m going to eat dinner, send off some emails, and curl up in a ball beside the TV 🙂 I have no idea what I’m going to do tomorrow.

That’s all! Hope you’re having a good weekend!

26 Comments

  1. Congratulations! Yes, absolutely, kick back, watch some TV, hoist a glass, celebrate. You’ve earned it.

    Tomorrow, back to work. Get that red pencil out. Make some notes. There’ll be something to do. There always is. 🙂

  2. Celebrate! There are probably more fun/worthwhile ways than TV… but to each their own. Whatever you do, make sure it’s relaxing and enjoyable. You’ve earned it! 🙂

    1. Haha actually its rather anti-climatic. No trumpets sounding from the heavens, or people dancing in the streets… oh wait, there were, but that was because of the Canuck’s game 🙂

    1. Also… My advice, now: leave it alone. Resist, even, the temptation to start fiddling when even the first Beta read comes back. Let a number of them, maybe even all of them come back before you go back to it.

      Instead, start thinking about your sophomore effort. Will there be a sequel, or do you have another book in mind? I’d start working on that, whatever it is.

      1. Good advice that I plan to take. I think I’ll outline a rough sketch of the sequel, but I’ve got another idea in the works which is a Mongolian & wuxia inspired sword and sorcery. So far its just a seed in the brain. I think I’ll start worldbuilding shortly.

        Hmm and maybe some short stories in between.

        Thanks Stephen!

      2. Stephen I agree. I read an interview with Joyce Carol Oates a few years ago, and she said that whenever she finishes a book, she puts it away in a drawer for a year before she starts to rewrite it.

        And she had published 117 books at that point, so obviously this wasn’t slowing her down any. 🙂

  3. I would just like to add my belated congratulations 🙂

    It is a tad bitter-sweet. Enjoy the well-deserved break and you’ll enjoy wading into the edits far more than simply going straight into it right away.

    Congrats again!

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