This is a rare double posting day, and it will likely never happen again. I don't think I can wait until Monday to write this because the feeling won't be the same.
So... I think I just finished my novel. Like seriously.
Turns out, it wasn't another two chapters. It was only one. One chapter. I'm done. The novel is over.
I could easily keep going, but the sequel has to start at some point, right?
And I figure it was a good sign that I was at the end when I started tearing up. No seriously. I cry. A lot. Not sure if I was crying because it's over (for the time being), or if I was crying because the ending is sad... or what.
So, I have finished a novel before, and it was an exciting time, don't get me wrong. But finishing this novel, finishing a steampunk novel is just awesome. It's a different feeling than when I finished my fantasy novel over a year ago. That was like a mad dash to a finish line, and I was just happy to have gotten there. Unfortunately, I was participating in a triathalon, and I had two races to go (revision and querying). It's different this time. I don't feel like I've completed the race yet, but the finish line is just ahead. All I have to do now is revise, which shouldn't be much of a problem since I wrote this novel slowly and deliberately, editing as I went.
The most amazing thing about finishing this novel is the fact that I wrote a first draft in four months. That, to me, is just stellar in itself. There was two weeks of plotting before that, and there will probably be a month of revisions, but that brings me to less than six months. I could very easily put out two books a year at this pace.
Again, thanks to all of you that have cheered me on while writing this novel. You are awesome.
So, I now have two novels under my belt. I feel pretty amazing right now.
Now for celebrations abound. Have a great weekend, guys!