It always feels wonderful to reach a goal! I had hoped to have completed the third draft of my Young Adult novel by the middle of this month, and I finished it on Wednesday!
The next step in the process is to have it read by a few select readers and then return to the revision process. I suspect the next draft will take approximately 1-2 months, so accounting for reading times, I would like to have this draft (# 4) finished by the end of the summer.
I am taking just the weekend off from drafting, and then I will return to the cycle of beginning a new novel. I have several competing in my head to be the next one begun, so I am not yet sure which will win. I will, however, choose and begin a first draft on Monday. My goal for that draft is to have it finished by the end of the year.
As a side note, I am working, albeit, very slowly on my academic book. I am still trying to find a copy of the play I need, so more on that progress in the future.