Thursday, February 9, 2012

How do you celebrate your first draft?

I'm so close, y'all. SO. CLOSE. I finished another chapter yesterday and in my mind there are four or five left. I'd LOVE to be done by Monday when I go back to work three days a week in an office (got offered an old job I had as a geo-tech doing oil exploration), but I definitely hold myself back. For all that I'm excited about being done and diving into revisions (I really am excited about revisions, and I plan to implement the system Tera Lynn Childs uses with all the pretty highlighters and stickies. See her post HERE), I'm also very antsy and nervous that I won't be able to tie everything up as pretty as I see it in my head. It makes me hesitate when I sit down and write, which translates into the whole thing taking me WAY longer than it should (which is why I'm still working on this draft I started last APRIL).

But it's going to happen. It will be finished, and SOON. I need to grab onto something else to look forward to, a reward. When you finish a first draft, how do you celebrate? Do you treat yourself to something new? Go eat a fancy dinner? Buy a pretty new pack of highlighters for your revisions? ;)

Give me some ideas, because this labor of love will definitely be celebrated when it's finished!

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  1. I actually got money from my mother-in-law for finishing it, she was so excited! It had taken me a LONG time to do it- several years (I got delayed with family life, kids, moving etc...). And my husband bought me my mac (but it was really only because my other laptop crashed, lol- the timing just worked out!).

    Congrats on almost being there! I remember that feeling!

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  2. Congratulations and you got to do more than new highlighters to celebrate. Dinner sounds nice or at least get a spa treatment that you enjoy but normally don't get. So excited for you! I've only imagined myself writing a novel, you are actually doing it. Kudos to you!
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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  3. Definitely some treats for yourself! Maybe a manicure for those worn-out fingers? Or a massage for the body that's spent days bent over the draft? As for me, it's probably cliche but I buy more books. They feed my imagination and prep me for the next story.
    Catherine Denton

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  4. I celebrate with a marathon of computer games and movies! That might not be your thing though...

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  5. I've sort of been subpar with all my celebrations. I don't know what my problem is. I think it's because I'm still a bit like a deer in headlights, thinking "I can't believe I am lucky enough that this is my life."

    :)

    Buy yourself a nice bra. This always feels indulgent but fun at the same time!

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  6. I'm gonna withhold my CONGRATS until you actually post its finished. :)

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  7. That's awesome! Congrats!! I had a fun dinner with my boyfriend and also gave myself a break from my manuscript for a bit.

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  8. Congrats, Kristin! Go shopping and then dinner out.

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  9. Yay! So close! I celebrate with a day (or a weekend) or vegging--watching TV, reading good books, and just letting myself relax. Congrats!

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  10. Yay!! Usually I reward myself with day full of sloth, or letting myself start a new season of a favorite show that I've painfully forced myself to not watch until the draft was written. Snacks are always good too :) Good Luck!

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  11. One word: WINE. :)

    Congrats on almost reaching the finish line!

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  12. You can do it! And when you do, celebrate by doing something nice for yourself. After I finished the first draft of this most recent WIP, I took a couple days off to just read and recharge.

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