Day 0: Disbelief
The day you finish is a day of mixed feelings. It's hard to explain what happens when you finish your first draft of a novel. Or, at least, it's hard to explain what happened to me. My first urge was to just continue writing. How was I supposed to know if I had made a satisfying ending for my reader? But after adding 100 words (that will probably all get cut out later), I ended it. No, I didn't write "The End" at the bottom, though in hindsight, I wish I would have. But, I did compile it into a Manuscript and save it as "Katherine's Destiny - First Draft."
But then what are you to do? I think the best approach is to spread the word. Some people know you have been writing; some have noticed your distance even if they didn't know the reason; others had no idea.
The first thing I did was email my writing partner, without whom I couldn't have finished. Then I text my husband. Well, to be more precise, I blew up his phone with dozens of texts meant to convey my shear bliss. Then I posted about it on Facebook; then Twitter; then I called my parents; and so on. And after that was all over, I sat down to enjoy the rest of January 16, 2014--the day I finished the first draft of my first novel.
After having several people ask me about my Harry Potter nursery, I decided to show it off here. It would be impossible to describe the sheer number of thoughts that ran through my mind when I found out I was pregnant. At the time, my husband and I were living in a one bedroom apartment but had already signed a lease on a two bedroom apartment that we would be moving into later that month. The original plan for the second bedroom was to make it my office, and I won't lie, I shed a couple for its loss. But within a week, I was already planning the nursery.
Recently, I've found the Internet most unhelpful-and it isn't the Internet's fault. The problem appears to be that people in the world have not embraced the Internet to its full potential. If you have a professional business or if you offer a service in exchange for money, there is no excuse to not have a webpage. Nothing is more frustrating to a consumer than the inability to find what they are looking for online. This is especially true for small business.
Rachel Paxton is a typer of words in Dallas, TX.