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Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday's Muse~Finishing


The First Dragonwatcher is finished! Well, okay, finished isn't exactly accurate since it still has a four step editing process to go through. But the rough draft is done, and that is worth celebrating! Hence the confetti. I plan to have the editing process complete by the end of the month. But the best laid plans often go awry as you know! Case in point: I had planned to have the rough draft of this book finished by the first of September. But eighteen days late isn't all that bad I suppose. Once I've run it through my editing process I'll send it off to my beta readers and wait. But finishing in itself is inspiring!

Though I still have a long road of editing ahead of me I'm going to pause for a day and celebrate the monumental success of finishing a first draft. All too often we writers get caught up in the pursuit of getting published and we forget to celebrate our successes along the way. It is a very long road and if we don't take time out to celebrate our progress then it's easy to get discouraged. So I'm going to take a day to relax and raise a toast to the accomplishment of having finished my rough draft!

Is there anything you're celebrating this week? Remember, it doesn't have to be monumental. Maybe you made it through a particularly rough chapter, reached a certain word count, or even finished your novel. Whatever it is, remember to reward yourself!

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finishing the rough draft! That really is something to celebrate!

    I'm celebrating that it was cool enough to wear a thin sweater to work this morning :)

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  2. Congratulations! That's definitely a monumental occasion. I'm hoping to celebrate finishing my own first draft next week! Good luck with your edits.

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  3. Thanks! Hey, I'll raise a glass to cooler weather too! I was so happy when I was able to pull out my fleece a week ago!

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  4. Thank you Shallee! Let me know when you finish, we'll celebrate together!

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  5. Congrats! Now for the editing. That always feels like work to me.

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  6. Thanks Jessica. I'm kind of wierd, the editing is my favorite part!

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  7. Congratulations Heather! You have so many reasons to celebrate today! I think today that my celebration is going to be dedicated in joing yours. I celebrate you! XOX Karlene

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  8. YEAY!

    I just sent off my contract to publisher. My husband and I went out for dinner--we called it an attitude adjustment party--to our local pub.

    Yes. I needed to celebrate this.

    All things considered, we need to realize we work hard at what we do!

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  9. Congratulations, Heather! It always feels so great to reach the end.

    I don't really have any celebrations of my own this week. So, I'll have to live vicariously through yours.

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  10. Heather, this is such awesome news. And you're right, each step in the right direction is worth celebrating.

    I'm excited about my wip, and that's worth celebrating!

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  11. Yeah!!! You go girl. I'm raising a virtual glass to you.

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  12. I love your positivity, and I totally agree: we have to celebrate all the successes along the way. Congrats!

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  13. Karlene~thank you, I really do have a lot of reasons to celebrate this week! You're so sweet to celebrate me! Soon we'll be celebrating your success. I can feel it coming on!

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  14. Lorelei~I'm raising a glass to you on my day off. That is fantastic news!

    Alissa~It does feel great to reach the end! And I'm so happy with how it turned out. Live vicariously all you want!

    Julie~Yes, being excited about your WIP is a great reason to celebrate!

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  15. Lisa~Thank you *raising virtual glass to clink against yours!*

    Dawn~Thank you so much! I find life works out so much better when I celebrate the small steps!

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  16. Congratulations!! Best of luck in the next steps too. :) WooHoo!!!

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  17. Par-tay! Congrats on this major success!!

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