Keep going.

Keep working, guys! Don’t get discouraged. And when you do get discouraged or overwhelmed, just take a deep breath, and keep moving forward. We can do this!

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Okay, deep breaths.

So, I finished the first draft.

Woo!

But now I’m not supposed to touch it for a couple weeks (apparently, you should leave it alone for a while so when you approach it for revision, you’re looking at it with fresh eyes). So, I thought I would use this time to begin researching some of my next steps: looking at agents I can contact, ways to put myself out there…I’m sitting in Panera right now, feeling a bit overwhelmed by how little I know and how much work is ahead of me.

I just have to keep reminding myself to take it one step at a time – bird by bird, as Anne Lamott would say. So right now, I’m trying to figure out how to use this twitter thing, since it is apparently a good way to interact with other writers, publishers, and agents, as well as making it look like you’re in the know with what’s hip and now and make yourself seem more marketable.

Oh god. I can’t even type a legibleĀ sentence about twitter, much less figure out how to use it. Whew. Okay. Deep breaths. I just finished my first draft, I can’t let a little thing like tweeting freak me out! YOU ARE A CHAMPION, JUNE.

Time to put on some Eye of the Tiger and get back to work.

Cue 80’s victory music.

I finished my first draft today.

Holy crap.

I did it, guys. I actually did it.

I mean, months later than I originally planned on, and the thing is an awful, disorganized, chaotic mess, but I did it.

I’m giving myself a day to breathe and fist pump the air, and then I’ll decide how to move forward. But for now?

Holy cow. First draft down!