This is a project she and I care about passionately.
Now that we're done, it's really easy to turn eagerly to the next step which is pitching editors.
But, there's something that needs to happen first, and that's we need to celebrate THIS milestone. We got it done! It's polished, it's ready, it's damn good work.
It's very easy with writing projects to forget to celebrate how far you've come and only see the next step, or how far you still need to go.
Don't do that.
You have to mark or measure or reward your own successes because no one else will. No one has "hey Felix Buttonweezer finished his first draft today" on their datebook with a reminder to send a congrats card!
I can assure you no house elf made sure there was vodka chilling in my freezer to celebrate catching up on queries.
Take some time to celebrate things. Finished your first draft? Got the first batch of queries out? (survived your first rejection?) Girded your loins and entered a flash fiction contest? Celebrate!
It's not indulgent, it's not some sort of
Milestones are not just about where you need to go next. Milestones are also about how far you've come.
What milestone can we celebrate here with you?