This past Sunday I finished the first draft of my novel (yeah!). The moment I wrote those words “the end,” I felt sad, like losing my best friend sad. I love first drafts, that’s why I start and abandon so many of them. BUT, if there is ever to be a final draft or a published book, there will have to be a second draft (and probably a third, fourth, maybe fifth draft). I need something to help me get into this second draft business and what usually works best for my motivation is a good list. So here we go:
Things I Will Do Now I’ve Finished the First Draft
- Remind myself that the dirty dishes in the sink are not a sign that I’m failing at life.
- Ditto the pile of laundry.
- Clear and organize my desk – a clean desk means a clear mind (or some nonsense like that).
- Organize my notes because there are a lot of them – some on the computer, some on a legal pad, and the really good ones on the backs of old receipts.
- Get some moral support. Stat.
- Ditto a writing group. If these two things could co-exist as one (my writing group provides said moral support) that would be the ideal.
- Do NOT fall into the black hole of procrastination caused by work, television, the internet (particularly YouTube videos), toxic friends, guilt over the messiness of my apartment, food, and even, occasionally, books.
- Post inspirational collage over desk to remind me why I’m doing this (why am I doing this? Figure that out first).
- Perhaps some actual editing. In cupcake sized pieces. Otherwise I try to eat the whole cake at once, get sick, and never want to eat cake ever again.
- Find and eat some cake.