One of the most satisfying things about writing is putting two little words down.
Those two words signify that you’ve done it. You’ve successfully done something that takes a lot of time, persistence and thought. Congratulations, you have finished your first draft.
And there’s probably the question of ‘Now What’ in the back of your mind. What are you supposed to do now that you’ve finished this thing?
Before you do anything else, put it somewhere safe. Make back-ups, just in case. First drafts are amazing things and you absolutely deserve to celebrate completing one.
They are however, only the first draft. There’s still an entire process of revision ahead of you. Sometimes you need time to celebrate that you’ve finished it, and to give yourself a little time to let the elation fade. Other times, you just need to decide what sort of path you want to follow for it. Will you try your hand at traditional or self-publishing? Perhaps you’d rather not face that toil and instead just want to print off a couple of copies for friends and family to enjoy.
Regardless of where you choose to take it, you’ve taken a huge step forward. The next step is revision.