1. Wait. I’m not ACTUALLY done, right? That’s not possible. There’s no way. I must have missed something.
2. I … I think I actually am done. THE END. That … so that’s it, then.
3. Am I supposed to feel something? Because I’ve lost feeling in my entire body.
4. There are no words left. I have used all the words. They are all in this book.
5. What if they’re all terrible?
6. What if I just spent like a sizable portion of my life on writing a book that’s so terrible no one else will ever want to read it?
7. But it can’t be THAT bad, right? There have to be at least a few good parts.
8. I remember none of those good parts.
9. I think you’re supposed to close the document and not look at it again for a while at this point.
10. Oh … oh. Am I saying goodbye? Is this the reason for the sad feelings that weren’t here four seconds ago?
11. Wait … I actually did it. I … WROTE A BOOK.
12. I think I’m going to take a nap.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.
5 thoughts on “The 12 Stages of ‘Oh My God I Just Finished Writing a Book’”
Omg #3 and #6 is so true. Not feeling as elated as I thought finishing a book would be, plus doubting all my work are things I don’t think I’ll ever overcome. Great stuff as usual, Meg!
Can I please have this problem 😂😂😂😂
Absolutely loved this and feel inspired to keep going!!