The 12 Stages of ‘Oh My God I Just Finished Writing a Book’

I haven’t finished a book recently, but I have finished books, and writing this list made me smile. I hope it makes you smile too.

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.


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5 thoughts on “The 12 Stages of ‘Oh My God I Just Finished Writing a Book’

  1. 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!

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