And so I face…the final draft is not how Frank Sinatra sang that line.
Ever get to the stage in a writing project when all the little details seem to merge into one? I’m sitting around 80k words and I know the ending which might take me up to 85k which is a good thing, however there are so many nuances and twists that I don’t sincerely feel able to actually write the ending until I have printed off what I’ve written so far.
The climax of the story is crucial for the details and storylines that converge on a point and without a nice overview of what I have written, although I remember it all, I feel the need to have a printed copy in front of me to sort out a few niggly things. Until then I can’t be satisfied with writing the ending, knowing it won’t be as polished as it ought to be.
Printing your short stories or novel off is a prerequisite, I was going to do it anyway, now I just need to do it a little sooner than I expected. Down To Earth has been great fun to write but I need closure on what has gone before. That editing purge is needed to bring everything in to focus at the finishing line.