If you are a writer, there is one word in the English language which is particularly sweet: DONE. As in, you have completed your first draft, and your novel is finished. Or, you have finished all your many rounds of edits (you thought there was just one? sorry, no) and have made the book as good as you can get it.
That's where I'm at with my current novel, PENTACLES AND PENTIMENTOS. Done. *Insert happy dance here* Thanks to invaluable feedback from my critique partner, the amazing Robin Wright (check out her blog at www.writingforfun.blogspot.com ), and a few other authorly friends, I am as done as I can be for now.
Which isn't to say there won't be more edits down the road, as I get more feedback. But for now--done. Sing it with me, people!
So what's next for P & P?
It gets sent out to my top choices for agents--in this case, folks who read one or both of the previous two books and said "Close, but not quite there yet--but feel free to send me the next one." And we all cross our fingers.
In the meanwhile, though, I am catching up on a few projects (like writing up the workshops I'll be teaching at Pantheacon in February and online in March), writing an Imbolc ritual for this weekend, and yes...starting to think about the next book.
Because here's the other thing about being a writer. You're never really done. You're only done with your last book, and getting ready to work on the next one.
Here's hoping that you get to say "done" about a major project soon...and have something fun waiting to be begun.