I can’t really believe it’s true, but last week I finished the first draft of my book! It was at 4:00 AM on the 29th of September that the very last sentence was finished, and afterwards I just sat there for a moment. I actually did it!
The first draft ended up at 79,600 words, which is so much more than I ever imagined it to be. My brain has been completely fried from the shock of it all, and it’s been really hard to really put my thoughts and feelings about the whole thing into words at the moment, but I just wanted to put a little announcement out to mark the occasion!
After finishing, I gave myself a few treats and rewards, like having a nice dinner and getting some new exercise clothes. But most importantly of all, I’m giving myself a rest! It felt kind of like I should immediately start on another one of my book ideas, but I realised I actually wanted to take just a few weeks off to relax, get my brain back to working condition, and to do some of my other hobbies that I had neglected recently.
Mainly dancing, which is something I absolutely love but haven’t had the energy to do any of. Also, it’s Winter time now, which for me has always been Cross Stitch season! So that’s something else I’d love to do in my resting period.
But then after that, once I’ve regained the lost sleep and caught up on my hobbies and all that good stuff, what happens next?
What do I actually do with this book draft?
Well, of course I’ve got plenty of editing to do, which I enjoy. I can go back over and over, checking for typos and making sure it’s as absolutely perfect as I can get it to be.
But then what next?
I’d totally love to get it published, that’s kind of the ultimate dream, right? But how do you go about that? Do you just… email someone, I guess? I am completely clueless about the process, apart from the fact that I know to expect endless rejections, so that’s something to look forward to (*dread*) after my rest!
But! I shouldn’t be worrying about that right at this moment! I should simply be enjoying the fact that I finally managed to finish something all the way through without quitting!
Well, my mind is getting fogged out already, so I’m going to have to leave it there for this time, but I’ll be back next week- hopefully with a slightly more coherent post than just a ramble…