I don’t mind taking a very brief post to shamelessly congratulate myself on finishing the first draft of my most recent project. It took me several months but I now have an 89,200 word, 360 (paperback) page book that I wrote on my own. It’s a book that needs a ton of revisions, rewrites, and edits, but it’s still there.
While writing the rough draft it seems like once we type that last word the journey will be over and we can package up the shiny new book and ship it off. But the truth is that we’re far from done. It’s time to dive into a whole new world of turning your vision from something choppy and half-realized into something polished and vaguely close to what you had imagined when you first sat down in front of the computer.
But it still feels nice. When writing, sometimes it can take months or years to really finish a project, so we have to take our victories where we can.
Disclaimer: my printed manuscript looks nothing like the nicely type-written page above. It’s not wrapped in a bow or artfully spread out in a half-circle like a deck of cards. Here’s what it actually looks like:
Happy writing to everyone out there working on their first draft.