Not too long ago I blogged about taking time to celebrate milestones—even the smaller ones—to stay motivated, to recognize hard work, and to recharge. Well I’m taking my own advice and partying like it’s the freaking weekend today because FINALLY, after working on this work-in-eternal-progress for more than a year,
I have a completed first draft that makes me happy.
A year ago I was querying, planning a wedding, and trying to find something to take my mind off of real life. This idea came along and I was all…
Then I shut down the query process because I had gotten tons of incredible, consistent feedback that I knew could be applied to make this project stronger. So I *gasp* outlined. It was hard.
And technically I finished a draft. But it was just… not… right.
So I went back to the proverbial drawing board (Scrivener!) and did a bunch of writing exercises that helped expand the possibilities for my characters.
The plot was about ten times better, but hot damn did all that make for a lot more work to be done.
Right after I got started on the new and improved outline (basically a re-write), a couple months of Everything In Life Happening came up. Weddings, graduations, vacations, work trips… you name it, it happened, and I was pretty useless when it came to writing.
Then after the lifesplosion ended, I was sort of just lazy. Unmotivated. Really pretty out of it, to be honest.
Then! I was lucky enough to spend five days surrounded by some of the most amazing writers I know, and hands-down the best, silliest, most genuine motivators ever.
IT WAS ON.
Then last week my laptop was stolen. Long story.
BUT I PERSEVERED and last night at around 11:00 p.m. (way past my bedtime let me tell you) I typed the sentence that I knew was the absolute most wonderful perfect last sentence 1 and I realized…
I AM DONE 2. DONE!
So now, WE CELEBRATE!
Hammer might not have been the most willing participant in that particular moment of celebration. But don’t worry, he’s got a can of tuna with his name on it for later.
What about you?? What have you achieved lately? What are you working toward? Anyone else jumping head-first into revisions??