When I reach an exciting part in a book that I am reading, I am forced to pace myself. Yes, of course I could skip the pages and find out what happens to Character A, or even browse over the pages towards the end to know what the result will be. If I allowed myself to do this, I would feel cheated. I would feel like I missed out on the experience.
As I near the 50k mark of my book, and begin bringing the dramatic climaxes to a close, I am left hoping that I am not cheating my readers. I need to make sure that I am not rushing the answers to them. I am so excited to see the end result that I feel I might be concluding conflicts a little too quickly. So my advice as we all get closer to our goals is to make sure that we are not rushing our scenes. It is my goal over the next 14k words to really think out the resolutions to the conflicts that I have presented, and to let them breathe. I will not cheat the ending for myself or my readers.
Do you find while writing that your own excitement might rush the plot?
As a child, I would scribble on notebook paper pretending to be writing stories. I could not read at that point, but I was persistent at making sure that others would listen to the words that I claimed I had written. I chose books that allowed for me to get lost within the twisting drama and drawn out love stories. I would pretend that I was the main character, reacting in shock if she was in shock, and devastated if she was devastated. Now I write, creating my own adventures, and breathing life into characters that have been inside of me for a long time. The passion that I feel with each word that I write can only be described through the characters I write about. I am a fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer. Most of the time I do not know what the character will be doing until he or she is doing it. It keeps it interesting, and allows me to live life right beside them. If I never become a published writer, I will always have my characters and for me that is the write life!