What Happens When You Finish Your Book

Day 0 – I. AM. FINISHED.
Day 1 – Do nothing. Oh my gosh, this is awesome. I'm done!
Day 2 – Do nothing. Finished, can you believe it? Ask for beta reader on blog.
Day 3 – Maybe I should edit. No, I've got to give it a few days. Besides...*yawn*...this is awesome.
Day 4 – I really should start editing. At least go through and find those adverbs.
Day 5 – I'm bored. Edit a little.
Day 6 – I feel unproductive and thus unhappy. Edit a little.
Day 7 – Receive draft from beta friend. I probably should send mine...but have you seen all those adverbs?
Day 8 – Get a Shiny New Idea. Edit adverbs.
Day 9 – Start writing SNI: 2000+ words. Edit adverbs.
Day 10 – Write SNI: 1000+ words. Edit a little.
Day 11 – Write SNI: 400+ words. Hmmm, I think I'm probably nearing the end of my interest in this one. Edit a little.
Day 12 – Write SNI: 3000+ words. Okay, nevermind. Edit a little.
Day 13 – Done editing. (I feel useless.) Send first 3 chapters of story to be beta-read.
Day 14 – Write SNI: 3000+ words. WHAT?
Day 15 – Write SNI.
Day 16 – Read much-anticipated book. Hate ending. Be depressed.
Day 17 – Sign up for NaNoWriMo. Receive
Day 18 – Receive critique from beta partner. After some delay, reads critique. Oh dear, I was right about all “those parts”. :/ Write SNI.
Day 19 – Realize that NaNoWriMo would mean deserting the SNI. And I should really be editing.
Day 20 – Mull over the NaNoWriMo quandary.
Day 21 – More mulling.
Day 22 – More mulling. New story vs. SNI vs. editing. And that query letter. What about that query letter?
Day 23 – Make decision on NaNoWriMo and feel successful.
Day 24 – Read The Maze Runner - won from The League of Extraordinary Writers - when I should be outlining/writing/editing/query-writing.
Day 25 - Meh, I'm a panster this time around. I'll wait to write until tomorrow. Editing? Also tomorrow. And that query...hmmmm, yes, that query...
Day 26 - On your marks, get set, GO!


Stina said...

Good luck with NaNoWriMo. Just think, soon you'll have three novels to edit. ;)

Sara B. Larson said...

Congrats on finishing, and good luck with the edits! Also, with NaNoWriMo and SNI! You are busy. :)

PS what book did you hate the ending of?

Shelley Sly said...

Good luck with balancing everything! And sorry for pointing out "those parts." ;) If it helps, your MS is in way better shape than you think it is! (Or what I've read so far.)