My personal milestone as an author are as follows:
- The day I sat down at the computer and actually wrote my first chapter instead of just thinking about it and planning it. I knew I was a writer.
- The day I reached my 100th page. I thought about all those term papers when I had stressed over having to write 20 pages. Ha!
- The day I wrote my first sex scene. I thought it would be easy. It wasn't.
- The day I threw out my original first chapter and wrote a new one. I cried. Cried. Here was the first 24 pages I had written as an aspiring author -- and I was kicking it to the curb and replacing it with 11 pages of dialogue and action. But how would anyone understand my story without understanding the social mores of Elizabethan England? It needed to happen.
- The day I finished my first book.
- The day I really finished my first book.
- The day I really really finished my first book.
- The day I started my second book.
- The day I got to page 100 of my second book.
I like to think the next major milestone (that deviates from the pattern above) will be either getting an agent or a publisher. And then I can finally get my pedicure (it will be 2 years in August -- my poor toes).