How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?
Finishing something is always an amazing feeling, even if it’s just a first draft and you know there are months of revision, editing and polishing ahead of you. I’m a great believer in celebrating success, so I like to do something to mark the end of every project.
No, I don’t drink a glass of champagne and smoke a cigarette like the writer in Misery. I actually take time off from writing. I walk away from the project I’ve just finished and take a break.
I need to get my head out of the project I’ve just finished before I can dive into the next one. And even if I’m not moving onto writing something else right away, it’s important to let the story settle a while before going back to revise.
So I spend a week or two not writing. Or at least, not sitting in front of my computer banging out words. I’m usually brewing something in the back of my mind, letting ideas settle and shape themselves into something I can use. I go to the movies. I read books. I watch TV.
Then when it’s time to get back into my writing chair, I’m rested and relaxed and ready to get back to work.
What do you do when you finish something?