Oh, well. Hi. I finished the first draft of my novel.

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Oh, well.  Hi.I finished the first draft of my novel.

I don’t know if that’s technically true, actually.  Two and a half months ago I sent a friend a really haphazard version of my book along with the plea, “Tell me if this is a stepping stone project, because if so I want to step right along.”

“You need to finish it,” my friend said.

I didn’t realize at the time he might not have been saying, “You need to finish it” because it was a great novel, he may have been saying “You need to finish it” because it is good to finish things.

Especially writing things.

Before I’ve picked a project, really settled into it, before a project has become fun and manageable, all I do is bounce around.  This new idea is going to be great!  And maybe this thing that I put on hold a few years ago–now is probably the time to take it up!

The truth is, of course, all projects suck until you put in the work.  It’s as simple as that.

Without work, all projects suck.

And so to finish something, to really give it my all, to edit and revise and try again and again when nothing (and everything) is at stake, when I have no agent or book deal or money on the table, and all I’m giving is more and more time, time that could be spent on that thing I put on hold a few years ago or my waning personal life—

To do that is good.

To finish what I’ve started, to show I can do it, to put my full self into a project so I can no longer hide behind the excuse of “I didn’t give my all.”

That is good.

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5 Responses to “Oh, well. Hi. I finished the first draft of my novel.”

  1. Christine July 2, 2015 at 6:13 am #

    Congratulations on such a big milestone!

  2. Miriam July 2, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    That’s amazing, congratulations! Finishing is so hard, but so important. Just by finishing something we have already won! Because it’s so much easier to give up before.

  3. Terry Lee July 3, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I’m about 2/3 or 3/4 finished with book #3. Don’t know yet because I don’t know how it will end. I’ve been in this position for way too long. Have given myself an August deadline. Realized I’ve created a way more complicated plot than anticipated. Writing is always lessons learned for me. A BIG congratulations on completing your first draft. Do a happy dance:)

  4. Kendel July 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Congratulations on finishing such a challenging thing! That is amazing! :D I hope you’ve been doing multiple celebratory dances (in the kitchen with wine) because that’s just what has to happen right now.

  5. Bailey Brewer July 7, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    congrats, girl!!

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