The celebration of accomplishment is incomparable. It is completion, the reaching of the goal, touchdown. Success. It is part of the many successes along the road to publication but a vital success. A complete novel, all edited, polished and shiny, ready to place at the feet of agentdom and await acceptance, praise and publication. Yup, something like that!
But the most important achievement for a writer is the completion of the novel. Yes we celebrate the completion of the first draft, but it is the final draft that is the real achievement. It means we’ve slogged away at the words, got the ideas down sentence by sentence, day by day until we reached our goal, until the story reached its conclusion. It means we dove back in, attacked it from every direction, inspected it for cracks, tested its foundations, understood its quirkyness and originality. Then we made is pretty, polished the grammar and spelling, layout and font. It means we stuck by our creation, through the highs and lows of self-doubt and frustration, between the need for success and the desire to throw the whole computer into the rubbish.
But the novel must be completed – no matter what. Without said novel it would be a tad difficult for a writer to be published.
The only way to do its to DO IT.
Set achievable goals.
Sacrifice a TV show or two.
Bribery works. How about a latte for 2000 words? A movie for 5000? Hey, a new dress for a full novel?
For now, I have reached The End on my third MS. I begin my journey with MS#4 this weekend. Wish me luck!
And I’d love to hear what progress you’ve made too… 🙂