This picture of a road (which is public domain, as is the case with all my blog pictures to the best of my knowledge) is a good representation of finishing a draft of a novel. Because the road goes on. Once you have a draft, you have to revise. And not just proofread, but perhaps do some wide scale revision. I know there are a few scenes I want to remove, and some stuff that I've got to pare down, and there's some stuff I want to add. Now that I've almost written two novels, I've realized that it never feels as if they're done. I wonder if when I (hopefully) get a novel published, I'll still look at it and think, "Oh, I should have changed that!" or "Wow, I could have used a better word there." Probably.
I've tried working on my memoir a bit lately, Violets Are Blue: Essays About My Bipolar Life. It's been hard to do. There are times that are simply difficult to write about, things I don't want to remember and, in a sense, relive. But I'm determined to write this book. I think I just need to keep working on it slowly and steadily.