What to Do after Finishing Your Novel

  1.  Write another one!  You are on a roll now.  (Hahaha just kidding– unless you have a really good idea….)
  2. Spend a lot of time in bed, catching up on various social media accounts and streaming Netflix.
  3. Do other things in bed…. like sleeping and eating snacks.  (Get your mind out of the gutter!)
  4. Spend some much needed time with your family and friends.  They have forgotten what you looked like, and what your pre-novel personality was like.
  5. Accept all congratulations and compliments from same friends and family about finishing your novel.  They really are impressed and proud of you, even if it is just the first draft!
  6. Start some communications with a professional editor, if you haven’t already.
  7. Work on your query letter and synopsis.
  8. Get back into the gym.  At the very least, take a walk around your neighborhood.  Or at least to the other side of your house.
  9. Catch up on your reading list.
  10. And finally— start your first draft rewrite and edit.  (The real work after the work of your novel.)

Happy Sunday!

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