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!