Time to panic?
Yes. Well, maybe.
A lot can happen in two weeks. A plot can appear from the ether in that amount of time. An idea can be scrapped for something newer and shinier in less than two weeks.
I’m just wondering if I can wrap up my WIP in less than two weeks.
I honestly thought I would be done by now. A weird combination of writer’s block and fear of success slowed my progress. I want to say I’m past that now, but I think it is safer to say I’m learning to manage those issues.
Usually deadlines are good for motivating me, but this time I’m doubting whether or not it is doing me any good to pile on the pressure. Those sort of doubts usually mean the deadline is working its magic. My mind is sneaky like that. If doubts start popping up my first instinct now is to suspect that I’m trying to get out of doing something difficult. I usually don’t set impossible goals for myself.
I’m going to keep going, of course. Even if I can’t do it for whatever reason I’ll be so much closer to the end if I’m racing towards it until November 1.
My only real regret is all the time I could be spending with my next project that is being eaten up writing the end of The Dreams. I still love The Dreams, but I want to spend some time with Inbetween without making my mind jump between two different worlds every day.
Speaking of Inbetween, I’ve officially committed to posting it day by day on Patreon. It’s going to be a perk available only to my patrons so be sure to sign up before November 1 if you want to watch my next serial novel grow from day 1.
How is your NaNoWriMo prep going? Do you have an idea for a story? An entire outline ready to go? Are you still struggling to come up with a name for your main character? Let me know in the comments!
Sorry about this chapter being late! Being almost caught up to the point in the novel I’m writing is really messing with my revision mojo. Forgive me!
I hope that this chapter was worth the wait. As always, be sure to let me know about any errors in the chapter or any other issues you might have with it.
My goal is still to finish writing The Dreams this month. As of right now, it looks like the last chapter will be posted in either November or December. Starting on November 1, I’ll be posting the first draft of my next novel on my Patreon. Once The Dreams is finished I’ll start revising and posting the second draft here, but the first draft will continue to be a patrons-only thing.
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I hate writing the end of stories. I know a lot of people have a hard time getting started, and I don’t think beginnings are particularly easy either. I find beginnings easier to handle because once you’re past a certain point the beginning is behind you and you can breathe a sigh of relief.
Endings loom in the distance. I know from page one that I’ll have to write an ending eventually, but for a long while it’s not a problem. Then, almost out of nowhere, it is time to wrap up the story.
Then I panic. I shut down. Endings are just too hard.
Everything written before has been building up to this ending. That’s a lot of expectations and a lot of baggage to deal with. Anticipation has been building for weeks or even months as I built this story up from a blank page.
I start to lose my nerve. I question my ability to do the story justice. Writer’s block sets in.
I can keep pushing forward, but every day is a battle. No matter what I won’t give up. After making it this far I have to see the story through. One way or another the story will reach its conclusion.
Do you struggle with endings? What do you do to help make endings easier to write?