I am really close to the end of my novel. As in, I think I will probably finish it by the end of the month. As I get close to the finish line, I know I need the promise of rewards to push through to the end (we all know endings are painful to write). I am proud to present you with the ways I will celebrate the completion of my rough draft (and I encourage you to make a list of your own for motivation and inspiration).
1. Announce it to the world. I will be using Facebook, Twitter, and the telephone to let everyone know about my victory against writer’s block and distracting cat memes.
2. Throw a party. If you are local, you are totally invited.
3. Eat tons of chocolate. Not cheap chocolate either. The good kind. The kind where you feel awkward purchasing it at the store because it feels so fancy.
4. Buy Love and Other Foreign Words. This has been on the top of my list ever since Alexa from Alexa Loves Books recommended it to me.
5. Throw a massive dance party for myself. The first song on my playlist? One More Time by Daft Punk.
6. Take my dog on a walk. She deserves to celebrate too! She has cuddled me while I have typed away, so I owe her one.
7. Watch all the TV shows I have been meaning to watch (I am looking at you OC and Once Upon a Time).
8. Sleep. I don’t always get enough of that, especially when I stay awake trying to figure out a problem in my book.
9. Write my next book. I want to keep the momentum going.
10. Go on a trip. Nothing will replenish my inspiration faster than seeing new scenery.
11. Go to a nice dinner. Because, despite its reputation, DC has some pretty rad food.
12. Compile a list of agents. This will be a helpful thing to look at as a motivator as I slog through the revision process.
13. Hire an editor! As an editor, I know it is important to get another set of eyes on my book.
How do you celebrate finishing a draft or a writing milestone? Tell me in the comments below.