The First Draft, is Finished.
That’s right. I said it. The first draft of my book is completed. I typed the words, “the end” on December 26, 2017, at 8:40 PM. It feels a little silly notating the date and time like some kind of birth announcement, but this book? It’s totally my baby. I have spent hours staring at the screen, burning holes in my eyes – I swear. I’ve second and triple-guessed myself, deleted entire chapters and started over.
I can’t believe it’s here. The end of my first rough draft.
But now what? An entire to do list looms before me, telling me what I have to do next and it’s just like Can I not just take a break!? The answer my friends is no. No, I can’t. I got to get a move on! Editing/revising my first draft means that I can get it out to beta readers!
Just saying that sounds exciting: beta readers. Ooh. Fancy. What are beta readers you ask? They are a hand-selected group of people who I will allow to read my book before anyone else. They will see it raw, blemished, and eager for judgment. They read it, give me feedback, tell me if they catch anything, and then I revise and edit while taking into account, their feedback.
Then what? We do it again! Awe do it until the bok is finally ready for n editor.
And when that editor passed over it with their giant pen and pencil, and its complete? Just thinking about it is giving me heart palpitations. For real.
It’s happening you guys. It is really happening!!!