I'm finally feeling like I'm making some decent progress on this damn chapter. Several of the characters have taken their final bow for the trilogy (excluding the epilogue). Most of the action sequences have been taken care of, and the final chapter is structured instead for exposition and a big reveal.
This chapter is monstrous. I've said it before, but it bears repeating. The last section I was working on was Steel Tip and his troupe, and just one section ran six and a half pages. And I write incredibly small. My written pages end up being longer than typed pages. All told, this chapter is already 28 pages long, and it's still going.
When it gets to the point that I can see the end, I start to write more purposefully. There's definitely a flow to my writing, but further up the river, so to speak, my habits tend to focus more on being more relaxed. I write when it is convenient. Now, with a sense of finality, my writing sessions are more structured. I plan on sitting down and writing more often. A reality where I am finished by the end of the year is completely justified, especially in the next coming days.
For now, I have to slay this massive beast that still stands proud and strong before me. These final chapters are always a little meaty, but I've never been faced with one this enormous. It'll feel like a huge relief once I manage to put it behind me, although I'm sure a little melancholy as well. After all, this goodbye is going to be a long one. It may be years before I get to write about some of the characters again, and that is a painful realization indeed.
In the meantime, there is always the need to push on. This monster of a book is going to be done soon, and I hope that it is something that I can share with everyone.