DeJa Vu

So around this part of the last novel...and the one before that...and the one before that...etc. I get to a point where I hit a wall...sometimes I hit the wall at full speed and sometimes, like this time, I run into the wall in slow motion. It's always there...this wall, and it stops me every time.

Next month I will have my 10th book out. (Even hitting the wall, that is still my goal). 10. Double digits. Wow...that's pretty crazy. And this wall has happened every single time,(well, to be honest, even more than 10 times...I have 6 first drafts that are just sitting at the wall waiting for me to pick them up and finish them.) every time I get near the ending.

I know the endings. I know the chapter that comes right before THE END. I have known it for a while now...and the story leading up to that chapter is solid...with the exception of about 5-8 chapters...those 5-8 chapters are the problem each and every time, each and every novel. With this novel being my first mystery, those 5-8 chapters are even more crucial because I have to make sure I am leading people down a path for the whodunit, and then I have to make sure the actual whodunit makes sense when it's all said and done.  My goal...every mystery's goal, I would imagine, is to have the reader so sure they have it figured out and then when it's revealed, for them to go back and read the novel to see what they missed.

I know I what I need to do. I need to do the same thing I've done to finish my other novels. I need to focus on other things for a bit...play with other projects, and let these 5-8 chapters work themselves out in my subconscious. It has worked every time. It will work this time. This deja vu is all part of the process...albeit not my favorite part.