I’m never sure if it’s just because I run out of oomph, but I’m not surprised anymore when the last few chapters of a novel give me significantly more grief than the previous two dozen combined. My Blurt is conforming to this pattern, sadly.
When those pesky last pages are done, I often do look back and wonder why they were so hard, which is why I hold the “oomph” theory. Still, a bit like the opening of a novel, the end has its own special issues to work through.
In Blurty’s case it’s also because I expanded a character at the last minute. So, you know, totally self inflicted.
But I’m giving the new project – the one I worked on while on retreat – a bit of space, so that I have a solid draft zero to type up. Current thinking is that I’ll be back on the Blurt in the gaps and probably fully back to finishing it in a week.
(Though if you’ve ever looked at my track record with estimates here on Lamellae, you’d have fair reason to doubt…)