It’s finally time.
After hours, days – maybe even weeks or months – your final draft is finally finished. You’ve written. You’ve avoided outlining, then had to give into it anyway because your brain was too cluttered. You’ve struggled and fought and, yes, you even complained once or twice (or more). You’ve edited and revised. You’ve rewritten. Maybe it only took two drafts. Maybe it took 20. But the important thing is, you wrote what you first sat down to write. Now it’s time to say goodbye.
You don’t know how to feel.
Should you be happy? Sad? Relieved? Miserable? Should you just not feel anything at all?
It’s going to feel SO GOOD to cross this thing off your to-do list, regardless. You’ll finally be able to move onto something else. You’ll finally be able to THINK about something else.
There’s just one thing left to do: hit that submit button.
Your cursor’s there. All you have to do is click. Simple enough, right?
Then you start to worry.
What if it’s not good enough?
What if you get a bunch of feedback, and it’s all bad?
What if you never get any feedback at all – just a rejection in the form of silence?
What if this is the worst thing you’ve ever written?
What if it’s the best thing you will ever write from this point forward?
Despite the worry and the doubt, you have to hit that button anyway. Because you’ll never know the outcome if your cursor hovers over it for all eternity.
But that moment you hit submit – and at least for now, it’s out of your hands and out of your control – is worth everything. All the excitement and the nerves. Because now you can breathe again. You can take a break. Eat some pizza. Watch a movie and fall asleep in the middle of it. Reward yourself with something you deserve and don’t think about writing at all.
Because you did it. You wrote the thing. You’re free.
Until you do it all over again tomorrow.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.