Hello! I'm continuing this post today by listing four things you need to do after you write a novel. Enjoy!
You deserve it. This is a huge milestone, one that merits jumping, screaming, dancing, and general merrymaking. Just enjoy yourself and your accomplishment! Also be sure to gloat to everyone because that makes you feel even better.
2) Take a break.
Don't look at, think about, or even dream about your novel. Leave it alone. You need to get some space from all the hard work you've done. This will help you in editing and just in general with your mental health and all. Go do other things and be successful. When you've done this for at least a couple of weeks, preferably more, you can move on to the next step.
Most of writing is, in fact, editing. If you're planning on creating a true masterpiece out of that dear novel of yours (or at least a sellable work), editing is a must. Trust me. Even J.K. Rowling edits. Even Stephen King edits. Whoever it is you idolize, they edit. A lot. So should you! Dig your heels in and get to work.
4) Give it to your beta readers.
Once you've edited your book at least one time, the next step is to give it an audience. This starts with your beta readers. Whether you choose friends, family, coworkers, or other writers to be your second-plus pair of eyes, critique is necessary for perfecting your writing. You can even get critiques online instead of in person if that feels safer for you. The point is to have that added perspective--and hopefully, to start building up your own little fanbase to boost you as you continue in your writerly career.
Thanks for reading, everyone, and come back next time for a post on YouTube series(es?) that I love to watch! Which brings me to my question for today: what is the plural of "series?"
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