That Time Again

Hi all!

I’m in the closing stages of work on a book, and I’m approaching a much-dreaded time for me. Every time I near the end of the book, the work seems to slow to a crawl. Well, almost every time. Faerie Queen wasn’t like that, but the others all seem to be. I will think I have 10,000 words remaining, but it ends up being 20,000. Or I’ll only have the 10,000, but then I realize the ending will be more powerful if I make a few changes, so I have to go back to switch some things around. It seems like this happens so much that I’m starting to fear the endings.

I almost always have a clear ending in mind. I know where I’m going from the start, basically, even if I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to get there. I have a general idea, at least. I try not to get too rigid with my pre-planning, because it seems to ruin my creativity and spontaneity when I try that. So it’s not a problem of not knowing how to wrap it up. I think it really comes down to me being absolutely horrible at estimating how much work remains. I can sometimes get the approximate number of words remaining correctly, but I seem to forget that there often times will be a lot more involved than just those words. Even in a first draft, I often go back and make changes as I go. And this gets more intense as I go along, making changes earlier in the story to strengthen the latter parts.

So yeah, while writing this I’ve realized I’m just really, really bad at remembering all of these story-strengthening fixes while I write. So nevermind, I’ll stop whining.

Anybody else having the longest week of their lives?

Have a great weekend!

4 thoughts on “That Time Again”

  1. Hello there! This blog post couldn’t be written much better!
    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this.

    I am going to send this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read.
    Thanks for sharing!

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