Well it's gone! I have sent off my proofread manuscript to my publishers. The last few weeks have been a bit of a grind, waiting for the work to come back from the proofreader and then doing the amendments required. I thirsted for something more creative, while also being aware how important this step was and not wanting to mess it up.
To think this time last year I had 0 words and now I have 60,000 - and not just any random words, as my friend keeps pointing out - I feel quite giddy.