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.
Rachel Paxton is a typer of words in Dallas, TX.