I also had a great day on Friday. I typed those two magical words at the end of the first draft of an 80,000-word novel.
I celebrated with an afternoon on the golf course, and it occurred to me there how splendid and rare it is to complete such a project. How many such afternoons does a writer have in his or her life? Even the most prolific among us might only have thirty or forty.
That's less than half a summer. Seriously, the NBA Playoffs last longer.
I once read about a writer that reserved a special bottle of wine for that evening when a project came to completion. That's a nice glass of red every night for a month. Not too long, when you think about it...
I mention this just to say that it's important to relish those two magical words. Whether it's a 100-word drabble or a 120,000-word doorstop, enjoy the ride and take pride in bringing a story into being.
Simple, powerful words.
Now it's time to get back to work. I have a blank sheet of digital paper staring at me in the next window...