At least, that's what I've had to tell myself to keep myself going through this whole thing.
I'm exhausted. I really should go to sleep. But what if....?
My kids really want me to play superheroes with them for the thousandth time. But what if...?
I really should get up from the computer and cook something decent for dinner tonight. But what if....?
This novel has allowed me to dream, and I am not a dreamer. I never stood in front of my mirror with a hairbrush and gave the fake Oscar acceptance speech.
But with this project? The other day I even tapped out the "thank yous" that would only ever be seen if this book goes to print. (Yes, Gina, you would be there.) It felt really good, on a lot of levels.
So even if this first draft sits in the Cloud forever, or even if it sits on Amazon and sells three copies, I'm so, so glad I did it.
It's now on quasi-sub, and the very first feedback comments have been on the positive side. So we'll see what happens.
Official "The First Draft is Finished" Stats:
Chapters: 36, plus epilogue
Time from first note to typing "The End": 7 months
Amount of Love for the characters and the story: endless
Thanks for reading. I'll keep you posted.