No, I'm not done yet with my first novel. I've written about 75% of the manuscript, but after reading some articles/blog posts on the internet, I have some questions. 1) Is it really a bad thing to try to get your first written book published? I read articles that said to put your manuscript away and write another novel with that one in the drawer. Is that necessary? Because I'm not bored of this one yet, and yeah, it's my first novel and probably not the best I'll ever write if I keep writing, but isn't that what the editing process is for? 2) Since I have high hopes of trying to get this book published, and if you don't believe I should throw it in the drawer and write another book, should I be trying to promote myself as of now with blogging or whatever? If I should, what would I even blog about? My book's manuscript isn't even finished, so I feel like I can't really blog about that. 3) If you guys agree with what I read on the internet about putting this book away, how do I work on getting better with writing and developing my style more without having people look at my work and critique it? Do I need to try to go to writer's workshops, or am I missing something? I feel like if I just move on to another novel or whatever, the quality will stay the same as the first novel. Basically, I want to stick with the book I'm currently working on until the end, when it's actually published. (BTW I want to go the traditional publishing route) I will shelf this book if it's absolutely necessary and will make it better when I go back to finish it, but my heart is in this book and it's going to be really hard for me to just drop it and move on. But, I want what's best for it. Also, if any of you guys got the first novel you wrote traditionally published, how did you go about doing it?