Step 8 To Writing A Novel (Writing Tip #89)

Finishing a novel is always a rush.

I’m not talking about being in a rush. I’m talking about the physical sensation.

For me, it’s always been this way.

Writing a novel is a marathon. You make progress bit by bit, day by day, session by session. But near the end, usually the story is coming together and the secrets have been revealed and the plot can’t help but keep going.

That’s when I just let it all go.

I try not to overthink.

I try not to overdo it.

I simply try to tie up the loose strings and move myself. Usually there’s a climax and a character is learning something or going through something.

I try to move myself in the final pages of the novel.

I know that I can always go back and toss stuff out or tweak or edit. But the main thing is keeping the momentum.

The writing is always easier and more enjoyable. Not simply because I know the story is ending. Many times I don’t want the story to end. But it must. The characters must go through their final bit of turmoil and reach the end of their journey.

It can certainly be a rush.

Many times as I’m writing final pages, I’m getting emotional and teary-eyed.

But that’s a good sign.

I don’t know any other way to finish a novel then to use up every last bit of energy and emotion I have.

Just get it out and give it your all and eventually type that final sentence.

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