Buying a house is like writing a book. You look and look for that right house/story. You find one and start the process, only to find out “bad choice!” Or, worse, someone already got to it first. Eventually you do find the right fit, then you commit yourself for a long while. Now after doing a Buy/Sell Agreement or finishing that last chapter, you need outside help. In come: helpers (in the form of loan assistants and title company or critique partners and beta readers)! And you wait for them to approve, to make changes, to tell you “you got this,” because all along you’re thinking that you don’t “got this,” and that it could all fall to pieces. You’re afraid to fall in love with what you are pursuing because it could disappear.
Fate has it that you did it!! You signed a tree-and-a-half of papers, or you finish your book and editing process (yay for you!)…. But now you are in for the long haul. A whole new challenge has arrived.
With a house, you are tied to it forever (it feels like) and have to fix things when they arise. I had a leaking toilet on Move-In day. Last night, we discovered the roof is leaking into our entryway after a torrential rain. I made the commitment and I will bear the fruits of it, or the labor. I’ve only lived in my new house two weeks and my coffers are already empty. But I love my house.
With a completed novel, now you have to decide what to do with it. Is it really finished? Like really, really? If so, do you go traditional route or indie for publication? Do you build an online following? Do you wait wait wait some more? And you finished this novel, meaning you put in the commitment already and more commitment will be needed to publication if that’s what you decide to do. But all in all it’s great! What an accomplishment to finish a story. (FYI I haven’t completed this part, close, but not quite there. I did buy a house though.)
Have you bought a house? What was your experience?
And likewise, have you completed a novel? And what was your experience?