In the past two weeks, I've talked about starting a new project and working your way through the middle of it.
The enthusiasm of starting a book carries you through for the first week or two. Then the days stretch out before you and you wonder if you can finish. The middle of a book is where you find out what you are made of, and if you are truly a writer or not.
Finally, you've climbed to the top of the hill and you can see the finish line. Should be easy from here, you think, after all, it's all down hill.
Stop right there!
The hardest part about writing the ending is not rushing it. Trust me, I've made that mistake more than once and you always end up regretting it as it makes even more work during the revision process.
The end is still in sight, just take the time to look around as you make your way there. No need to rush. Stop and smell the roses. Tie up all the loose ends. The finish line is still there. This is not a race and you don't get extra points by getting there first.
When you finally do reach the end and type the final keystroke, it is a feeling like no other. THE END. You have a finished product.
We'll talk about the revision process next week!