~Jon Bon Jovi
Imagine you have a 75,000 piece puzzle. Yes! 75K!
As of last night I finished mine!
Now some of the pieces don't fit quite right as I've tried to jam them into place. They'll need to be moved around. Some of the pieces I'll cut and jam them in ever harder to make them fit.
My puzzle is 75,000 words. My newest manuscript, CoverBoy, is complete. Sort of. Kind of. But for a few puzzling pieces! I think my cat might have ate some.
This is the best analogy I have for you on writing a novel. For those of you that are curious, less than one percent of the population that sits down to write their great American novel [or Spanish or German or African] actually completes it.
And yet the process is a bit like a salesman. You can celebrate knowing that you made the sale. And then you can celebrate when all the objections to the sale are settled. You will then celebrate the closing of the sale. And then, and only then, you realize The End, when your sale is on 'the record books'.
Today I wish you many celebrations along your journey!