conversation with ted
Me, worried: I’m at the climactic battle & I’m only 75k into the book.
Ted, phlegmatic: You’re at the end, Catie. It always takes you until the third draft to get the end right.
Me: But I don’t know if I’ve got 20k of wrap-up!
Me, hours later: Oh, shit, I see what he was saying. It DOES always take me multiple drafts to get the end right & this whole book is The End. Riiiiiiight. Okay. No wonder this is so messed up.
I have, in fact, completed the climactic battle, and all that’s left is the wrap-up. I then have to go back and fix it significantly, because it’s going to come in at about 85K for this draft (which is unheard of: I never come in that short. *Never*.), but I believe Ted nailed it. The whole The End factor here is really bolloxing me up.
But at this stage, basically? The Walker Papers are, in effect, done.
Just finished reading No Dominion and wow did that hold my interest. GREAT writing!!
Aw, I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for saying so!