How do you celebrate completing a manuscript?
(this post is based on the Marketing for Romance Writers 52 Week Challenge)
Is that a thing I'm supposed to do?
Look, the challenge of novel writing is you can tweak FOREVER, so I call foul on this question, because complete implies...well...completion.
When I finish a draft I...do nothing. In fact I usually go into a funk for a week or two. I should be plotting something new, but usually I just stare mournfully at the computer screen.
When I submit a manuscript to my agent and publisher I...start the next story, because not having a new story to work on makes me twitchy.
When I hit a major milestone, like my agency and publisher contracts last year, or when The Pick Up was published this year I...spend money on something frivolous but still wildly practical. Like new rubber boots! Or a laptop (confession: the old laptop was taking bi-weekly trips to the Genius Bar. It was time). And Mr. Temple takes me out for dinner, ideally one that involves much wine.
But seriously, celebrate the little things. The milestones. My local RWA chapter gives out chocolate to members who have recently completed a chapter or scene, or those who have submitted a manuscript and been rejected! Celebrate the steps, because the milestones can be a long time in coming.