June 8, 2022 - Almost Finished

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

The Case of the Pirate’s Puzzle is nearly done. I’m in that rush to the end where all the pieces start to come together in preparation for the climactic scene. For the first time, I actually know what all of the scenes that remain will be. Well, except for the courtroom scene. That’s still kind of hazy.

But the clues are in place, the puzzling out of how they fit together is in progress, and the resolution of all the open loops I started in this book is in sight. Which means today was a really good writing day.

There’s only one problem. It’s also the stage where I don’t want to finish the book.

Have you ever read a book that you couldn’t put down? You were so eager to find out what happens next, you kept reading. You stay up late, put off chores for just a day or two, and read as fast as you can. Until you get to the last chapter. That’s when you realize the book has been so good, you don’t want it to end. You want to continue reading about these characters. You don’t want to have come to the end of the story.

It’s the same way for me when writing a book. Just as I reach the point where I’m almost done, I don’t want the writing to end. I tell myself there’s plenty of time until the deadline, so I don’t have to rush. I make up stuff to do other than writing those final chapters.

Weird, huh?

But that’s the way things go, and to get the book done takes a lot of discipline. Let’s hope I can manage that over the next week so I can publish the book!

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