Fear of the Finish Line
The last scene is already written, only a few small holes remain to be filled. With that first draft finish line firmly in sight, the eagerness to reach it is dissolving into fear of actually getting there. Writers really are weird creatures.
Apart from my finishing apprehension, I have made one rather significant change that, in hindsight, makes a lot of sense. My work in progress has gone by the name of Dark Prince for years. It has grown from two words to a concept in my mind. But somehow it was not really covering the essence of the story, it falsely suggested an association with demons or the devil. On top of that, it appears that another author, Christine Feehan, had used it for a title on one of her novels. So as of today, my nearly completed manuscript will be known under the shocking new name of (cue dramatic music here): Fire Prince. It may take a while for me to get used to. So after finishing this blogpost, I’ll be doing some maintenance, replacing references with the new title to aid me in the process.
I’m setting a tentative deadline of July 1st for Fire Prince’s first draft (there, that nearly typed smoothly) and will try to refrain from doing edits, pondering publication or stare at the finishing line like a rabbit into headlights. Even if I have to crawl over it, I will.