Wow! I’m a bit behind schedule, but I did it! Tonight at about eleven, I emailed the full draft of my YA novel to my crackerjack editor and sister Steph. Break out the champagne! I still have a long way to go, but this is a huge milestone for me. I did a little victory dance and tomorrow, I’m meeting my dear friend and wonderful reader, Linda, who’s agreed to go through the full manuscript for me from stem to stern. I’m just about to print this baby out to give her and I’m excited! It’s almost 300 pages, and I just can’t wait to hold the whole bundle in my hot little hands.
Some time soon, I’m going to be hoisting a glass or two in celebration. Just getting to the point where I’ve completed and revised and whole novel draft is pretty huge for me. Nonfiction is one thing and fiction is altogether another: creating and sustaining an imaginary world is so much more exciting — and demanding. When I look back at where I started, with about four chapters and how I’ve spun those out into a whole story of thirty chapters, I feel amazed and grateful.
Right now, I’m just letting myself bask in the glow of it all. It’s a fun time, but it’s also a protected moment. I feel as if I’ve taken the pages from my desk and let them fly out the window on wings to a few trusted souls. I have confidence in their opinions, but I also know that they have confidence in me. That’s a great feeling. My work is out in the world, but it’s still sheltered from the storm.
Big moments matter! If you’re having a big moment in your writing life or are looking forward to having one soon, I hope you’ll take time to savor its sweetness and give yourself a huge pat on the back. Write on!