Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nearing THE END

I'm curious. When you near the end of a novel, do you rush to finish or slow down to savor every word? I'm the slow-down type. I almost feel like I'm losing a good friend and can't bear for the book to end. I reread passages, put the book aside for a few days, and even go back to refresh my memory of certain scenes. The only exception to this is when I'm reading a suspense or thriller. The fast-paced action and wanting to know if they catch the bad guy (they always do) makes me speed up.

However, when I'm writing a novel, it's the opposite. I can't WAIT to type "The End."

How about you? Do you rush to finish a novel or slow down?


  1. I hurry to finish if I'm reading a novel, even skipping ahead. If I'm writing I go slowly afraid I'll not get it all wound up correctly.

  2. Most of the time I want to know how it ends so I read quickly, then I go back and read the last few pages slowly so I can be sure I understood all the nuances of the story.
    When I write it is so exciting to write the end I float on the intoxication for a week. Of course then you have to go back and edit it all again, but at least the story is on paper/computer.

  3. No matter what kind of book I'm reading, I speed up toward the end. Suspense because I can't wait to learn the truth. Romance because, let's face it, I know it's going to end on a good note, so on to the next.

  4. I won't be any help with this question. I love to set aside a day and just read, especially if it a book by one of my favorite authors. I am sorry when I reach the end, but excited for their next book to be released.
    I don't get to do this as often as I would like, but I have a couple of books calling my name right now.