Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How Do You Celebrate After Finishing a Draft?

It's been quite a busy and hectic year for me, which was why it was especially sweet to finish up my first draft of JACOB WONDERBAR #2 yesterday. Whew!!! Other than spending more time polishing and then sending it to my editor for revisions and then possibly a round of revisions after that and then the copyediting and proofs all of which will total dozens of additional hours I AM TOTALLY DONE.

So now I have a very pressing question: how do you celebrate after finishing a draft? And if you haven't had the pleasure of finishing up a completely draft, how do you envision popping open the proverbial champagne once you're done?

My celebrations tend to involve sushi and my guilty pleasure: the computer game Civilization. How about you?






121 comments:

mshatch said...

I often celebrate the same way, with a game. It used to be Empire Earth until my brother gave me Civilization IV. I won't say how many hours I've lost...

Tchann said...

I've only really had one draft finished worth celebrating so far...and I went a bit overboard and got a BJD of one of the main characters (an Iplehouse Tania, for those in the know). ;>.> I need to not make this a habit, if at all possible!

dwkazzie said...

wings. and beer.

kayspringsteen said...

C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E! And when that is gone, more chocolate. Of course, I also use chocolate to deal with blocks, and edits, and....

Amy said...

My usual celebration involves letting myself have an unitnerupted day of reading before I start in on the next project.

abc said...

A wimpy and quiet "woooo hoo".

J. R. McLemore said...

I'm faced with a very long edit process because I finished three (1st draft) manuscripts this past year. When I finish a first draft, however, I usually like to sit back and watch sitcoms for a little while, something I usually don't do when I'm writing. Also, I might play some Wii games to let my mind relax and unwind.

Beth Sorensen said...

Champagne is a must. A friend of my grandmothers told me once to always keep a bottle in the frig because life is for celebrating. I open a bottle everytime a finish a rough draft! (And a final draft too!)

Stephanie said...

Honestly, I celebrate by sending it immediately to my best friend, then going over it again!

Sharon Kirk Clifton said...

In a few days, I will have finished my second middle-grade novel ms. I'll likely go to Panera, get coffee and something tasty, and begin revising. I won't celebrate per se until I secure an agent or have it accepted for publication. Ask me then, because that's when I'll celebrate good times.

Write on!

jaymg said...

With you on the sushi, but then I feel that sushi can be used to celebrate pretty much anything - and should be... Such as, hmm, I made a particularly wonderful cup of tea today - celebrate with sushi!

When I finished the first draft of my current novel I burst into tears, then drank a lot of whiskey and ate a lot of icecream.

Nick said...

I don't celebrate. Okay, draft done. Now to get started on the next draft, or the next story, or whatever.

Joseph L. Selby said...

I'm on such a high from writing the last few chapters, that I just want to keep going. It's hard to put it down. Sometimes I'll go right back into revision. Other times I'll start in on the pile of books I've been waiting to read.

All times, there will be much cheering and boasting on Twitter and my blog. :)

Creepy Query Girl said...

when I finished my first draft of my very first book a couple years back, I was on cloud nine for awhile. That feeling of accomplishment was well worth celebrating. Now? Years later I try to make the time to do a little happy dance, reward myself with catching up on some reading while the first draft marinates, and day dream about landing an agent on the first round of queries. But the euphoria really doesn't last anymore now that I know how much work is going to have to go into getting the draft query ready.

ஜღBaRbYღஜ said...

I do not celebrate. I'm usually very sad to let my characters go. I don't like endings either. I guess that's life, isn't it?

Matt Forbeck said...

I crawl out of my cave, blink at the sunlight, and wrap my wife and kids in my arms.

Kerry Freeman said...

I finished the first draft of my first novel earlier this month, and my husband took me to my favorite pizza place and ordered whatever I wanted :)

jpcabit said...

Usually I leave off the celebrating, except for a somewhat satisfying feeling of "aaaaaah…" I should probably start celebrating though. If only for an excuse to have fun. :)

marissameyer said...

If it's a "still needs work" draft, I usually take a week or so and do nothing but read and watch movies. If it's the "finally going to agent or editor" draft, then I'll have a bottle of wine or bubbly on my wine rack designated for finishing it. Usually to be imbibed while reading or watching movies.

M.J.B. said...

I took my most recent draft to Wellington, New Zealand to edit it at my favorite Starbucks on earth! (Also did a lot of hiking/walking/exploring/thinking...).

Otherwise I usually just make good food, have some wine, and watch a movie...i.e. remember how to relax for a while!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

My kids love Civilization IV! For me, I tend to have a hard time getting said draft out of my brain, so I try to do something else to occupy it. Re-runs of Glee are particularly useful for this! ;)

KellyP said...

The creative process is such a rush. I don't want it to end, so I either delve right into the next book of the series or into the editing process so I can spend a little more time with my characters.

Kimberly Menozzi said...

Once I've managed to *finish*-finish it (meaning no more work to be done. At all. Period.), I permit myself a trophy. Something related to the work I've just done.

For my current WiP, I plan to purchase a professional print of a photo which inspired the creation of the novel in the first place. It won't come cheap, but that's fine.

It's my treat.

Lynne said...

With my first novel, I dashed off several queries. Oops. Classic rookie mistake. Having learned the hard way about the value of time, distance and painful revision, I celebrated the finish of novel number two by putting it in a drawer to marinate, where it currently sits. Oh, and then I had a glass of wine with my husband (who was thrilled to see me again) and settled in to watch Glee. (I mean really watch it, not just sit there with my HP Mini in my lap and look up every so often and nod). :-)

Fun post Nathan -- thanks. And congrats on finishing Book 2. Woot!

Natalie Whipple said...

I usually get my lazy on: Warcraft, anime, movies I missed while writing for however long.

Sushi is often involved as well. Or cheeseburgers. But not together.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

Well, for finishing a draft of something small I don't really do anything. But the completion of a major draft for a novel is met with food and hopefully the purchase of a new book. What better treat is there?

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

My feeling of satisfaction and pride are celebration enough for me... and honestly, nothing else compares to it. The best celebration is to bask in the happiness that comes with finishing.

I love "Romancing the Stone" when she finishes her book and shares dinner and champange with her cat. It always makes me laugh.

Alyson said...

For the last two rough drafts I finished, I simply go to sleep, no strings attached (obviously my teachers will understand why I haven't finish my homework--I was writing a novel). Generally the ending has kept me up till the wee hours of the morning as it was, an easy rest thinking about what I've done is the best possible reward.

Joanne Bischof said...

I do a happy dance and walk around blissfully happy for about a day.

And then I edit :)

Alan Orloff said...

Sleep. Lots of it.

Jeffrey Ricker said...

I finished my draft and promptly went on a cruise to Alaska. Mind you, the timing was largely coincidental, but really satisfying just the same.

Stephanie McGee said...

Swedish fish.

That is all.

Though, sushi might have to be my celebration if I ever land an agent.

sharongerlach said...

I have a glass (or two) of good scotch and dinner at a favorite restaurant. Then I have a three-month period where I can't write because I'm mourning my characters--until I start editing and revising, after which I'm so sick of them I'm glad to see the last of them for a while. Yeah. Writers. *shakes head*

Davy DeGreeff said...

Although my next draft will be rewarded with the very special purchase of a PS3 I've been setting cash aside for, I generally treat myself to a celebratory glass of Booker's bourbon (accompanied by two ice cubes and nothing more), which I keep in a decanter for such special occasions.

Sarah said...

I used to think I'd jump up and down and open a bottle of wine with my husband, but these days I just buckle down and start the process all over again.

Man, I've gotten boring. :/

Rachel @ MWF Seeking BFF said...

I anticipate finishing up my draft of book #1 at the end of January. It will have some work to be done on early chapters, and some general reads and revisions very necessary, but still I dream of the moment I will hit Save. I picture a giant weight being lifted. (A good wonderful weight but a weight nonetheless.) Then I plan to drink a glass of champagne or wine, watch some TV and, yes, eat some sushi. And get a great nights sleep before starting the revisions.

Sierra McConnell said...

There is no celebration.

I breathe. Then I dig right in again. Because I know that only part one of the battle has ended, and the second part has only begun. I am one-third through my potions and tinctures, and I need to use them carefully, or by the end of the fight I will be swooned by a simple blow.

I've played too much Final Fantasy, can you tell? :3

Gracie said...

GRIN!! And grin some more, while enjoying the exhilarating feeling of "Yes I did it!" ...and then try not to think about how it's not over yet.

Kristi said...

After I finishedthe first novel I attempted, I bought a suit of armor. Decorative, inexpensive, fits my house decor and the book itself. After subsequent novel attempts, I just surf the web and read a book

Livia said...

I finished my draft last week! I told twitter, reveled in the congratulations for about 30 minutes, and then started revisions. Writing time is scarce!

The Red Angel said...

Wow, congrats Nathan! :) That is a huge accomplishment, especially right before a new year is about to begin. When I finish a draft, I treat myself to something delicious like a smoothie or a dish at one of my favorite restaurants. Or I just indulge in candy and chocolate. :P

Happy holidays!

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Dorothy L. Abrams said...

I take a break and pick a reward from something I really wanted to do but postponed during the writing process. That might be a good meal in a favorite restaurant with my sweetie, or lunch and a brew from a micro brewery with friends, a drive to the lake, a trip to the city for "culture", or my personal favorite--a nap! I definitely enter the "downtime" before jumping back into the process because I need to fall out of love with my writing and gain perspective.

Chris Phillips said...

I read Nathan Bransford's blog!

D.G. Hudson said...

A glass of wine, good company - especially my Ideal Reader, and perhaps a night out at our favorite jazz club.

I put the draft aside while I gear myself up for revisions. I also like to absorb the feeling of accomplishment that comes from finishing something to which I had dedicated a lot of time, soul, and energy.

Congrats, Nathan on completing book two of Jacob Wonderbar - how long would you say it took to write the draft of your second book? (if you don't mind saying, that is)

Nancy Thompson said...

I danced around the house like a lunatic! And that was almost as fun as finishing.

Nancysthompson@blogspot.com

D.N. Stuefloten said...

When I finished the first draft of my sixth novel, The Ethiopian Exhibition, I was living in an abandoned house next to the beach in southern Mexico. I was down to my last thirty dollars. I took a quick swim, packed hammock and typewriter on my motorcycle, and started north. The wind in my face, the open road, the delirious sense of freedom--that was my celebration....

Deni Krueger said...

I whip it off to my family so I don't whip it off to an agent.

Then...a beer. And wrestle with my kids and my hubby.

Watcher55 said...

I'm going to build a brick pad for the grill while I build up the courage to start the publication process.

Colin said...

Ritual sacrifice.

Kay Theodoratus said...

I tend to sit back and glow ... before reality hits me over the head.

Mr. Chin said...

I like to print out: caress it, flip it, spread it out in a fan and stare at it.

Oh yeah, I also email it to myself and a few other people to back it up.

Holly said...

Congratulations, Nathan!

I just finished a novel and jump in with the sleep crowd. It feels fantastic to skip my 4:00 a.m. "wake up to write before work" ritual.

MOJO:

My Catholic friends tell me there's a tradition where people bury a statue of St. Joseph (the carpenter, patron saint of houses) upside down in the yard so their property will sell -- or hang him upside down in the closet. The idea is to make him uncomfortable to he gets to work.

I extended this scientific theory to St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers. He's upside down on my fireplace mantle.

Ganz-1 said...

To me, nothing beats long hour sleep after which I follow with either playing video games, watching movies or doing something else that has nothing to do with writing until I'm relaxed enough to start trimming those overcrowded bushes.

Kate Larkindale said...

I always have that niggling feeling in the back of my mind that finishing is draft just means the beginning of revisions, so I don't celebrate much. Usually just a day or two off from my regular writing routine. And maybe a nice glass of red wine...

Josin L. McQuein said...

I go the cheesy route and make a mock-cover. :-)

Nathan Bransford said...

d.g.-

It took me about 8 months.

Anonymous said...

If I have money, I go on a walking vacation. Long beach, mountains,or desert sort of thing.

Walking is soothing and frees my mind and gets me back into life from all that being hardly in my body during the writing.

It is actually the best for me to live somewhere where I can walk on the earth while I am writing, but that too is not always possible.

Otherwise, I read and reread and reread it because if I have finished it, I want to get outside it, know it is beautiful from there too. I reread it obsessively, fall in love with it again and again.

(But I hates me editing. That is simply painful. It will be awhile before I can. So, to clear for this too, walking is very good.))

treeoflife said...

Do a little fist pump, picture myself receiving a bazillion dollar advance, and then go buy a brand new pen.

But props to Civilizations. If over the last 15 years I'd spent as much time writing as I did playing various versions of that game, I'd probably have my bazillion dollar advance...

Beth said...

I never have it in me to celebrate, because I know that I am not, strictly speaking, done. I mean, yeah, I finished the first draft, but I know full well that I have months of more work ahead of me to get the draft to the point where I won't be embarrassed to show it to people.

It was the same way for me when I graduated high school. I was like, "So what? I still have another four years of college ahead of me. I am not done."

Samantha G said...

I go around telling everyone in a europic state before I contemplate writing the next draft. I also imagine sending it to an agent, getting an agent, a publisher and becoming the second author billionaire- don't judge me, it keeps me going. Plus, we all have that dream...

Martin Rose said...

Drink. A lot. Sleep, watching several television series on DVD, watch a lot of movies, drink some more. It's like hitting a restart button. Once I'm done wallowing in alcohol and pulp entertainment, I'm ready to go on to the next thing . . .

Sundance said...

Bwahaha. :D What do revisions and Civilization have in common? "Just one more round..."

B.E.T. said...

I have a giant squeal fest to the nearest friend (or roommate) and tell everyone I know, then just relax and blow a bunch of money of sugary foods... Always the best tummy ache and added pounds of my week!

Melody Jackson said...

I love to listen to my favorite music after writing a first draft, but then again I listen to music while brainstorming new ideas too.

Jenni Merritt said...

I just recently finished my first draft of my first novel... something I have been trying to do for years (Thank you NaNoWriMo for the fire under my butt!)

I believe I celebrated by staring in pure, delighted shock at the screen for a few minutes, then clicking open World of Warcraft to turn off my writer brain. Yes, geek here. It was awesome!

Now I have to gather the courage to dive into editing...

Nicole MacDonald said...

A minor 'happy dance' then onto editing ;p

The Arrival, book one of the BirthRight Trilogy, available on Amazon 1.1.2011
www.damselinadirtydress.com

swampfox said...

I'll reserve my celebrating for when my books get published.

But my novel, THE VASE, is drawing a lot of interest from prospective publishers. I may, in fact, be celebrating very soon.

Fingers crossed.

Parisa said...

For me it's always guilty pleasures foods that I wouldn't have on a regular day. Cherry cheesecake ice cream, sushi, my favorite restaurant's uber-buttery mac and cheese, drive-in burgers. And a good friend to enjoy it with. Then top it off with a girls' night and trashy tv. Finishing a draft is the best! Congrats on finishing wonderbar #2!

Other Lisa said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Sometimes I open a particularly nice bottle of wine. If I'd done that every time I finished a draft of this last monster, I'd have no liver left.

Come to think of it, I have no liver left.

Actually, when I wrapped up the draft that went to the publisher, I took a trip to the other side of the planet (China) and stayed there for two weeks. I figured it couldn't find me there.

I highly recommend this approach.

Scott Marlowe said...

I go to sleep early for a change.

Ashley R. Graham said...

Since I've been working on my MS for three years now and have done several rewrites...I'll pretty much be the happiest person alive when I can say I'm done. I'm about 12K short of the finish line and getting there has been HARD. I think I might actually freak out when I type that last word. There's no telling what I might do.

Anne Devereux said...

I celebrated the completion of my first draft by immediately sending a query letter to my favorite agent in the whole wide world, Nathan Bransford. The fact that he (that is to say, you) requested the first 30 pages by return email shocked me rigid. Only then did I realize it was nowhere near ready. It's still not ready ... I reckon another year of revising. But when I DO finally get an agent, I have a bottle of Moet in my fridge. ;)

Leigh said...

Firstly... Congrats and yay for you.
Me? I drink copious amounts of very expensive win that I have denied myself during the writing process and then I watch a couple of veggie chickflicks that I've seen hunderds of times before. Such a treat!

erica and christy said...

Nothing really for the first draft. But a quart of Ben and Jerry's Frozen Yogurt with brownies for when I really think it's polished. Upon a publication deal, I'll probably up that to a few gallons. :)
erica

Heidi said...

Most likely, I will cry from exhaustion and disbelief. Email my critique group. Start writing queries.
And then, I like dwkazzie's idea: wings and beer.
I'll keep you posted...

Mira said...

Congratulations, Nathan! I'm so happy and impressed! That must be a wonderful feeling and a bit of a relief.

I admire you - you're so disciplined and responsible. For example, you can manage to have Civilization in your house and not have to quit your job because you can't stop playing it. And not only that, but you just switched careers, started a new job and you're still working on your MS in your off hours. Wow. I'd get home from my new job and wouldn't budge from my T.V. until it was time to go to bed.

When I finish a draft, I put it to the side, and don't let myself look at it for a day or so. Then I celebrate by planting myself in front of my T.V. and I don't budge until it's time for bed.

My life is very simple in some ways.

I'm going to be more like you, though, in 2011! Although not completely like you. You don't do things like change your profile picture on a weekly basis, which is almost as good as being disciplined, motivated and responsible, so I do have a few qualities I value!

I imagine that finishing any MS requires not only dedication, but courage and determination. Congratulations again, Nathan! I think you've definitely earned a very long Civilization break!

Mira said...

You know I was joking about the profile picture right? I always worry that something I say can be misinterpreted as negative. I think you're pretty wonderful, and have many qualites I want to emulate, Nathan.

Although it is clear that you don't watch enough T.V.

Okay, stopping while I'm ahead.

Brooklyn Ann said...

I go to the Powder River Saloon and drink with my blue-collar friends and slaughter my opponents on the dart board.

Lucinda said...

I celebrate the drafts with a sigh, a pause, then start editing it.

Sometimes, I get a glass of wine, set the draft aside and write a poem...something deep and dark.

Margo Gremmler said...

I'm about to finish a draft and send it to a list of beta readers. Once that's done, I'm going out dancing! It'll be much like a happy dance, but in public, with music, multiple times. Any Chicago writers with me on this?

Roscoe James said...

Quiet reflection and a drink. I like to savor the moment, relive some recollections of the book I just finished, enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. Mostly because as soon as I sign the contract and an editor gets through with it I won't feel quite so accomplished.

RJ

Laurie Boris said...

Congratulations, Nathan! Nearly all of my first drafts have been celebrated in the same way. Me: "Woo hoo! I typed 'the end'!" Husband (in a sarcastic tone): "Finally." Then I pour myself a glass of wine.

KH said...

I start a good engrossing mystery novel, something to take my mind off my own work and enjoy someone else's.

Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado said...

When I finished the first of many drafts, I was so excited... I actually thought my novel was done! Ha, ha, ha, ha! My writers' group took me for lunch and when I enquired who the extra place was set for, I was told it was for my protagonist. Amalia had become as real to them as to me. We spent a wonderful afternoon with Italian food and wine. I'll always remember it as nothing short of magical.

RobinC said...

Shoes. Nice ones that cost more money than I usually spend on myself and nothing practical!(I'm more of a flip flop gal most days) And along with shoes, well, gotta get a mani-pedi.

The carrot I'm dangling for myself to finish the draft I'm working on now is a massage. All that sitting, typing, eye strain..ah the workout of writing. :)

Jil said...

I succumb to a momentary "lightness of being" then get back to work.After my last draft, maybe fifth or sixth, is finished I feel a little sad, a little lost, then start on my next novel.

I guess one world or life is not enough.

Words A Day said...

I'm yet to find out as I hover over the last chapter of my first novel but I imagine the best feeling would be to crack open a beer and start a new first draft of what I really really want to write!(with cliches! yahoo!)

Dana Michelle Burnett said...

I used to have a smoke, prop my feet up, and enjoy a glass of fine wine. Now, that I've quit smoking, I still enjoy the wine and that amazing sense of accomplishment before I move on to the task of promotion.

C Riede said...

I pushed myself to finish the draft of my first novel the night before my birthday. I woke up and said 'Happy Birthday, you wrote a novel!' I went out to dinner with friends that night and drank Aviation cocktails and told them what the novel is about, which I had been totally MUM about for 10 years!

wendy said...

Congratulations, Nathan. Wow - you're a little Speedy G. I hope your Jacob Wonderbar stories are a great success.

I don't do anything when I've finished a first draft other than re-read what I've just done. I tend to revise for years before a work starts to take shape so reaching the end of a novel isn't that exciting. But that's in the past. Perhaps my next novel will be created and finalised in a speedier manner as my skills are more honed, and I'm more confident.

However, now I'm a full-time carer for my mother, the problem is getting any time to write. Looking after her and her property takes way more hours than a full-time job. I rarely get more than ten minutes to myself doing the day and night.

Kirsten said...

I celebrate by taking myself shopping for a splendid little congratulations present: a bouquet of pink peonies, a new handbag, some pricey perfume etc. It keeps me going...

Lora R. Rivera said...

I click PRINT!

It feels so old school and heavenly to print it out and hear it go plunk on the desk. I usually do wince a little, though, at the sheer amount of tree waiting for my return from an evening of good food - tapas, usually - and bold wine.

Ann M said...

A whole bunch of smiling, relieved sighs, printing the draft (somehow this makes it seem even more real, and thus satisfying) and then hurrying up to tell my Mom, Dad, and sometimes-partner-in-writing sister that I just finished a draft! (this is usually promptly followed up with: "would you mind reading it for me?").

And congrats, Nathan! I was already eager to read the first JACOB WONDERBAR and now I can hardly wait knowing there's already a full book two out there in the universe! :)

kdrausin said...

I'm surprised how many people celebrate by playing video games. Not me, when I finish our family goes to Carrabbas and then banana splits for dessert.

Amethyst said...

I hit up a bookstore and buy books to stack on top of my growing TBR list.

Once I've gotten my fix, back to the laptop I go :)

Ben Wilson said...

I gave myself a week of civ iv. Now on to the next draft!

R.D. Allen said...

You never cease to amaze me, Nathan! Never would've thought you play Civilization, on top of all the other things you do. lol!

Celebration for me really varies, to be honest. While writing has stayed constant for a long time, my other interests change rapidly, though I tend to have a certain person who's work I am most interested in -- whether it's an actor, or a vocalist, or writer -- and I just celebrate by going through their stuff for hours. Mostly because I try to hold that back while I'm writing, so I don't get distracted from my work... haha.

Not to mention going through every social network I'm on and gloating about finishing something. ;D

J. T. Shea said...

Have another draft as quickly as possible, of course! Oh, wait...You mean writing, not beer?

Your guilty pleasure is an educational computer game? Has anyone ever told you sometimes you make Hermione Granger sound like a hedonist? Although I don't remember her eating sushi. Seriously, congratulations! Eight months is pretty impressive considering the amount of other stuff you do.

Moi? I'll let you know when I finish the third and last book of my series. Although I've already redrafted much of all three books.

Kristi, a suit of armor? Your beta readers were THAT tough?

saffinadesforges said...

Usually with a massive sigh of relief and a huge glass of Pinot!

Saffina Desforges

A.M Hudson said...

Sleep, and those strange things outside called fresh air and sunshine--followed by getting straight back into it!

Deborah Serravalle said...

For me, a finished draft means hitting the printer and then giving it to readers for critique. And that feels great!!

dcamardo said...

Civ is awesome! Are you playing Civ 5? I play hotseat with my brother on Civ 4.

As for the question, I don't really celebrate when I've finished the first draft. It could be that I have two young children, and sleep sounds better than actually doing something.

Geoff said...

I tend to celebrate by worrying endlessly about all the things that are probably wrong with my latest draft and immediately dive into another round of revisions!

I've "finished" my WIP about 3 times now... I really need to learn how to halt the self edits, lol.

Oh well, its my first novel. Hopefully all this rewriting and learning and honing my craft will make subsequent novels much easier. This current one is my first child and therefor the guinea pig. Poor novel.

nona said...

by getting it copyrighted.

Kathe said...

I celebrate by locking the USB drive that contains the draft somewhere safe then I sit on my hands. For at least a week. Otherwise I'm bound to start revising too soon and that's always been a recipe for trouble for me.

Matthew Rush said...

Congrats Nathan!

For celebration you should try some Uni (it's in season), with house hot Sake, and a cold glass of Orion on the side. Enjoy!

Reesha said...

I totally understand the Civilization thing. I grew up with three brothers and a dad who adored that game. The five of us would stay up until 4 in the morning sometimes, even on a school night, playing multi-player, or even just watching my dad play.
At one point we had a running competition to see who could discover Railroad the fastest.

Unfortunately I don't have a copy of Civ for Mac, so I usually celebrate by running a few dungeons in World of Warcraft with my husband and his online guild.

Pimlicokid said...

Play Beethoven's Missa Solemnis loudly - it's as joyous as it is solemn.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Nathan! A second book's draft finished before the first book's debut! Impressive. I can't wait to buy the book this year to read to my son.

Scott said...

I am anticipating finishing my first full-length novel draft tonight. I am sure it will feel good, but isn't it a little soon to celebrate? I plan to save my flipping out until I get that five-digit deal from a publisher...

Transitoria said...

I write FIN at the end of the final page and do a victory dance in my basement office where I do most of my writing. I'm a better writer than dancer so it's best if I keep that part to myself.

Laura Campbell said...

Let's see...I finished the draft of my first article to be published in a parenting magazine and all the revisions ate at me. I immediately went through and fixed everything gnawing at me. For the novel-in-progress, well, an enormous sigh of relief for finally completing it would suffice for a few moments. Then, I would get showered and dressed up for a nice, slightly expensive dinner. Enjoying something I don't normally indulge in would be a great way to pat myself on the back. ~Laura

Lisa Lane said...

My celebration generally involves a margarita and either a video game or something completely mindless on television--after all that hard work (and thought) I need to vege out for a night or two.

Anonymous said...

I celebrate by going back to the beginning and starting the first major revision...I know, probably a mistake. But, are you a workaholic if it doesn't feel like work?

NickB (ID thing still messed up. Must fix one day.

Elaine AM Smith said...

I celebrate by closing the manuscript for at least two weeks and reading something someone else wrote.

Liesl said...

I shout "I wrote a book!" Then I go read ten books other people wrote.

Mary-Lou said...

Personally, I like to write my dedication after I've written the draft.
Now, eat some sushi! Extra yum.

Ty Johnston said...

By taking one day off from writing. Then I jump into editing, or writing a shorter project while allowing for the original project to "cool."

K Wodke said...

I celebrate by taking a day or two off and then start on the next project. I love writing. Especially the material I do with my co-writer.

Ben said...

I got a £25 Amazon voucher and I'm not going to spend it until I've finished my first draft which should be in the next few days then I can spend, spend, spend!

Natalie Nuttall said...

Are you ever really done? I mean, sure, I've finished, but then I go back to make edits, so am I finished when the edits are finished? Is there a time when the edits are ever finished?

I would celebrate with working on the query instead of the book itself. I'll celebrate when I get an offer. :)

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