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Fear of finishing

I've read 3/4 of The Tale of Desperaux twice now. I still don't know how it ends. I don't want that book to end. (Yes, I'm in denial.)

This happens all the time with books I really love (though eventually I finish them, with the above exception). It's a bad habit of mine, and now I realize I do the same thing when I'm writing.

I'm 3/4 of the way into my WIP. I really like this book. On the one hand, I can't wait to finish it, and send it out into the world.

But I'm having the hardest time finishing. Oh, I know how it will end. I know pretty much everything that has to happen.

I just can't seem to write it, because then the story will end.

This is a problem.

Does anyone else ever have this problem? Please someone tell me YES!?

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jbknowles
Mar. 18th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
I savor books I'm reading and slow way down as they come to a close. But with my own writing, I'm usually anxious to be DONE. :-) Finish, Stacy! I want to read your next masterpiece!!!
stacy_dekeyser
Mar. 18th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
Jo, THANKS for the encouragement!! It helps.
dorichaconas
Mar. 18th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I don't want a good book to end either, but I can finish it, knowing the whole story will still be there for me to read again. As to your WIP, once you end it, it's really just the beginning, isn't it, when you can look forward to revising and polishing and making it even better? So... move on, my fearful one. Great pleasures await you!

xoxo
kmarcus
Mar. 18th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
You "really like this book." I "absolutely LOVE" this book. So quit your bellyaching and finish it! xo
gargantua29
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
*raises her hand*

I do the same thing. Both with reading and writing. Sometimes I'll read the same sections of the book over and over again instead of pressing forward because I simply don't want it to end. I guess I need to change my perspective and think of endings as beginnings.
stacy_dekeyser
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
I feel comforted...although now we're both in trouble! But at least we have company. Thanks for sharing.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 21st, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I love Jump The Cracks!
Hey, my name is Blake, I love your book Jump The Cracks, I have not got done with it, but its so good. I am at the part where Victoria is headed to Alanta with William. I love all the action happening already! I hope I can be an author someday and write just as good of books as you( not possible) well thats all! Thanks!
stacy_dekeyser
Jun. 3rd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: I love Jump The Cracks!
Hi Blake,
So sorry to send you such a late reply!
I'm glad you like the book, and I would love to read your books someday!
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