Just marking the date and time, really.
I always used to say I couldn’t write a novel. That I couldn’t do long-form prose. I might write comics scripts, and role playing games, and all sorts of drivel, but not a novel.
Guess what I just finished writing?
Let’s be clear: it’s a first draft, at best.
I’ve already got loads and loads of notes for things I need to re-write. And even once I’ve done that, I’d be amazed if it were publishable. For right now, it’s going in a box until christmas, in any case. I’ll come back to it in a few months, and see what, if anything, I want to do with it.
I’m aware that “have written an unpublishable novel” is hardly one of the world’s great achievements, and that there are plenty folks I know who’ve enjoyed some modest success by taking the obvious next step.
But honestly, I never thought I’d get to this one.
Next step: start writing second novel. Make it better than this one.
Although possibly not tonight.