Chris Gardner

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How do you celebrate finishing a book?

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A writing teacher from a few years ago told the class we should never wait for publication but always celebrate completing a book–reward ourselves. It’s a big deal finishing a novel; a lot of work goes into it and a lot of time spent thinking and planning away from the computer as well. My teacher chose champagne as his customary celebration but even a mouthful makes me incredibly ill, so not much fun there.

I’m quite partial to a glass of Jim Beam and Coke but, honestly, the whole alcohol as reward thing doesn’t appeal to me much. I suppose I could go out to dinner or lunch but it’s very cold and wintry here and I just can’t be bothered. I decided what I’d really like to do is visit the library and get a couple of books from my favourite authors and maybe buy a box of chocolates. What could be better than curling up in front of the heater with chocolates and a good book? Since I had no idea what I wanted to write next I planned a few days rest and maybe a bit of family history research.

I won’t mention what books I got but I grabbed three, two by favourite authors. I forced myself to read a few chapters of both and was bored stiff! I have no idea why but maybe I need to try something different. I did grab one book by an author I didn’t know, so hopefully I’ll like that better. I always try to vary my reading and generally get one or two by authors I know and one or two by  others new to me; I’ve come across some great stories.

After spending an hour or so on family history research I now have an idea about my next writing project so my brain is occupied again. I’m thinking of a three part story beginning in Ireland and finishing in Australia, in the 19th century.

I have a small ebook (19 pages) free on Amazon from July 29 to August 2 and would appreciate some reviews, if anyone has time. Only if you like it of course! It’s called ‘What Did You Say?’ and is all about English Grammar and Punctuation.

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I'm a writer of fiction and non-fiction, for teens and adults. I live in Central Victoria, Australia and my books are available at https://www.amazon.com/author/christinemgardner and https://www.smashwords.com/interview/ChristineGardner

10 thoughts on “How do you celebrate finishing a book?

  1. I celebrate every milestone I reach on every book I write. After all, we deserve it don’t we?

  2. Absolutely Richard! As long as the celebrations don’t get in the way of the next milestone . . .

  3. I haven’t finished my novel yet but my children’s, picture book was fun to finish. I celebrated by handing it over to my kids.

  4. Good idea. Students are usually happy to work free or very cheap and can be very creative.

  5. I paid her $500 for 32 illustrations. She was all too happy to have it on her resume.

  6. I’m never quite sure when a book is finished. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. Yeats supposedly even corrected his poems after they were published. Today ebooks can easily be corrected if the writer chooses to do so.

    As a new author I thought the book was finished when the publisher accepted it only to learn there was much more that needed to be done; copy edits, proofs, Teacher’s Guide, etc. In one instance I added a chapter to a children’s novel just before the last proof. 9-11 gave me an insight I hadn’t had before.

    So I don’t celebrate when I think I’m finished because I may not be. Then again, my husband and I have wine time every afternoon at four “thirsty.”

  7. I treat myself to a great dinner out with hubby and some fine wine!

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