20 Thoughts You’ll Have As You’re Writing the Final Page Of Your Novel


1. Wait. Is this really the end? I should double-check. Triple-check.

2. Wow. This is really it. I’m really about to finish this.

3. Am I ready? I don’t think I’m ready.

4. But I also kind of want to get this over with, honestly.

5. I don’t think I remember half of what I’ve written in this.

6. No! Don’t go back and reread it! FINISH WRITING THE DANG BOOK.

7. This might be the last time I ever look at this.

8. If I don’t want to, I never have to open it again once I’m done.

9. Will I want to?

10. Okay, okay. Focus. Finish the story. Just get the rest of the story out.

11. What if it’s worse than I thought and I have to rewrite the whole thing?

12. But what if I only have to rewrite some of it and it’s actually kind of good?

13. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to show this to anyone.

14. But … I kind of want to show it to everyone?

15. I hope I did a good job and my characters aren’t mad at me.

16. I hope I won’t totally abandon this and forget about it.

17. This has been so time-consuming and stressful but … I fell in love. I fell in love with a story.

18. Wow.

19. I can sleep now?

20. I can sleep now.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.

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