To overcome feeling overwhelmed by finishing your novel, a writer might want to keep these writing principles in mind:
- She doesn’t have to write chronologically.
- She can write her most important scenes first and then fill in the blanks.
Now, if she has planned your novel with some kind of outline, then these principles become even easier.
So the question is, what are the most important scenes in a novel?
This doesn’t mean some scenes are less necessary than others. In the final draft, all the scenes should be necessary and move the story along. A post from C.S. Lakin’s blog called The First Ten Scenes You Need to Plot for your Novel offers a list of scenes on which the writer should focus.
I concentrated on finishing these scenes and now I am writing the final draft of the “in-between” stuff. If you get stuck in your writing, jump ahead work on the The Midpoint scene. This is the scene, roughly 50% of the way through your story, where the character asks whether or not she wants to continue. She questions who she is. She decides to go on, or maybe decides to take a different tactic. Then write backwards from that scene, or write forwards.
Here is what the writer should remember: if she gets stuck writing the novel chronologically, she can jump around and write one of the scenes listed in Lakin’s article.
There’s no rule against doing that.