• Finished my first draft. Now what?

    Congratulations on completing your first draft! Give yourself a pat on the back or a hug, for real. That is no easy feat. Smile, cry, laugh. Allow yourself to feel every emotion that wants to break through. It doesn’t matter if this is your first, tenth, twentieth novel. I don’t believe the feeling of completing a first draft ever dissipates. If it does, I feel like that means it’s time to step away and find the joy in writing again.