First of all congrats to all who finished NaNoWriMo last Friday, or anyone who has recently finished writing their (first) novel.
You’re probably asking yourself, “What do I now that I’ve finished my first novel?” Here is my time-tested post-novel writing survival guide.
NOTE: Do not skip ahead to step 12 until you are absolutely ready. Revision takes time, people!
Step 1: Happy Dance. The worst is over.
Step 2: Panic. The worst is still to come.
Step 3: Sleep for 16 hours
Step 4: Take a shower. Wash that first draft filth from your body.
Step 5: Take a walk to help combat “writer’s butt.”
Step 6: Call/ text/ email everyone you’ve been ignoring. As
sure them that no, you aren’t dead but you did just finish a novel.
Step 7: Once the adrenaline high has worn off (it’ll last anywhere from 1 day to 1 year) think about revising.
Step 8: Freak out over revising that shitty draft.
Step 9: Put your butt in the chair and revise that shitty draft.
Step 10: Do steps 1-9 until your book looks sparkly. Then send it to a beta reader or critique partner for input.
Step 11: Revise again.
Step 12: Draft a sexy query and send it to your favorite agent (more on this in the future).
Ta da! And you’re done.
Did I leave anything out?