Yesterday after I announced celebrating the completion of my first draft, a friend confessed to me that she didn’t experience joy in finishing her recent manuscript–because she felt as if there was so much more work to do.
Yes, I have much more work to do: characters to round, subplots to weave with thicker yarn, themes to emphasize…
But today I blissfully mismanaged my time. I nibbled the congratulatory chocolates I mailed to myself–while reading a book for pleasure; I took a long walk in the middle of the day; I flitted about online, window-shopping; I played long games of fetch with my kitten. I still haven’t showered. And maybe I won’t.
Yesterday I hosted a cupcake party for my daughters. Living with a writer isn’t easy–I space off mid-conversation, talk about people who don’t actually exist, sneak away from home on weekends, and ask weird questions about plot possibilities–again for a story that doesn’t yet exist. The revision process is only more obsessive–so we all deserved a treat.
The truffles, however, were all mine. I stretched myself with this manuscript, trying out a new genre, working hard, fighting doubt and fear, finding courage. I learn so much with each story I write–no matter if it ever reaches a bookstore or not. And that’s something to celebrate!
I urge you to mark your own milestones by doing something fun & slightly indulgent. Finding joy in the process of completing a big task–like a polished, ready-to-submit manuscript–is the best part of the journey.
Do to the fact that I have not yet showered, Minnie will be starring in today’s vlog:
Just don’t tell my mother that I’ve posted a cat video online (she’ll never let me hear the end of it!)