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Getting to THE END
by S. J. Reisner   
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Last edited: Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Posted: Tuesday, October 04, 2005

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Finishing a final edit is not always easy...

I am getting closer to the ending of the final edit on Warrior's Blood Red, the second novel in my Sorcerers' Twilight series. You would think that I would have lost my motivation early on.

The truth of the matter, for this book anyway, is that I lost my momentum seven chapters past the middle during the final draft.

Some people experience this slow-down about half way through writing the first draft. Others get lost during that first edit.

What I've found is that each book I write is different. My work slows or speeds up at a different point each time. I've come to the conclusion that it's the rest of my life that causes this lag in productivity. I also believe that's why most writers experience writers block. I always remind myself that these slowdowns are only temporary.

Maybe now that Real Life has taken a turn toward less-stress I'll finally finish this damn thing and get it to my publisher. I've pushed my completion date up again to October 31. Now it's time for me to get back to work. You should, too. Why are you reading this when you could be writing? Better yet, why am I writing this when I should be editing?  

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/8/2005
good for you
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 10/5/2005
Bravo! And a needed kick in the pants. I'm glad I paused for a moment to read and now back to work.

Reviewed by Michael Charles Messineo 10/5/2005
S.J., Being a freelance proof reader, a columnist, and an editor for other works doesn't work as well when you are doing your own work. A good trick that works for me is to hand the entire manuscript to someone you trust and ask for honest feedback. Give them the ok for the red pen and then see what they find. Quite often you will be amazed as to what they find that you missed 20 times. They also will find things that you disagree with, but the combative creative energy that exudes will push you faster to the finish. Food for thought... It works for me.... and hey.. we live 10 miles from each other.

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