This week's belated installment for the #MFRW 52-week Blog Challenge focuses on "How I celebrate completing my manuscript."
That's easy: I have a small breakdown. It doesn't last long. After making damned sure to save the file, I heave a deep breath, shut down the computer, and let my brain disengage while I rummage for a glass and either wine or whiskey. I'm partial to dry reds, bourbon, and single malt scotch, the last being an acquired taste that I have to acquire every time I taste it. Next, I carry the beverage to the sofa, sit, and simply fall apart.
For a few hours, I'm good for absolutely nothing. Don't try to hold a conversation with me. I don't care to read. I don't even really care what's on TV.
I don't find writing cathartic, as do many people. Finishing that manuscript, though ... ah, yes, that's cathartic. That's the release from the tension built up by writing the story.
After the crash--usually the next day--I force myself to get back into gear and notify my editor: "Hey, Cindy, that manuscript's ready. Work your magic!" Then I've usually got a couple of weeks to let my mind wander until she sends back her edits. Those begin with a compliment to prepare me for lots and lots of red lines crisscrossing the manuscript.
I don't mind the red lines. I specify, "Be brutal." If I'm lucky, she is. Because that makes the writing better.