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11 July 2013 @ 10:33 pm
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This one is a plea for help/understanding/possibly a kick in the ass.

Apparently I am suffering ficfinishing induced separation anxiety. For the life of me, I cannot write the final chapter to After the Fever. I know what's going to happen - I've known since I started it. But I'm struggling to commit words to paper (or, you know, pixels to screen). Until I finish it, I can't in good conscience start any of the other stories lined up, waiting. (This is 1_million_words pool party month and I want to write an Avengers fic but I know I can't start it until I finish After the Fever.)

What is going on in this brain of mine? Why can't I just write the ending and be done with it???

Do y'all find yourselves in this situation? If so, what do you do??? Any advice will be appreciated!

Thank you. I'm going to bed now. Because it is freaking raining AGAIN. I'm pretty sure it's rained every day this July. No exaggeration. It's enough with the rain already.
ThatWasJustaDreamthtwzjustadream on July 12th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Omg, yes! I do, so much. I started a Fringe fic when the show ended in January that I was just *jamming* on. I was having so much fun with it...until I got close to the end, then it all ground to a halt.

I think it's a combination of not wanting something I'm enjoying to end and angst about finishing it up on a note I'm really happy with.

I found it helped to literally write out on paper where it's going, even though I already know in my head. That exercise got me through the next to last chapter, and it came out better than I'd hoped. Going to do the same for the finale.

And no, I didn't stick with exactly what I wrote down, but it seemed to help.
Lizet Elainesimplyn2deep on July 12th, 2013 03:07 am (UTC)
a couple of my fics are like that. I'm literally at the last chapter, but can't get the words to happen and I know how I want it to end
Umai Hoshifairyniamh on July 12th, 2013 03:42 am (UTC)
Whenever I write a long fic I have, for lack of a better word, separation anxiety. I have put so much of my time and energy into it and it is hard to give it up.

Step away from it, write a quick Avengers from beginning to end and see if the muse will loosen up and let you write the ending.

Or you can try using Write or Die or Written?Kitten!. I use them both to help me finish my stories. If I am having an extra hard time I usually use Write or Die since the settings I use makes me run the risk of loosing my written words.

Send the rain down here to Texas, we need it (seriously.)

Oh, and I finally found a fandom I can write in (that I have never written in.) Not an easy task. LOL and it will fill one of my Trope Bingo squares.

Edited at 2013-07-12 03:44 am (UTC)
J.the_physicist on July 12th, 2013 10:19 am (UTC)
when i can't write on then i write a 'sacrificial' chapter. i know before i write it that i will bin it. so the pressure for quality is off. i can do what i want in the next chapter, because it will never see the light of day.

after writing it, or even just a bit of it, i've generally found my grove again and can use some of the ideas from that terrible drivel for the actual chapter.

another thing (which might not work as you say you're at the end, so I didn't mention it first) is to skip the scene you can't start and write one that you can. even if it's way ahead... generally that leads you to going back and being able to write the scene you couldn't before. or it makes you realise why you couldn't write that scene, such as it just being boring, and then you can work out a way to skip over it or make it more interesting or what not.

good luck!