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Fire Up Your Writing Brain by Susan Reynolds

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Chapter 11

Reward Your Writing Brain

Cross the Finish Line

“It’s often the case that the most strained moments in books are the very beginning and the very end—the getting in and the getting out. The ending especially: It’s awkward, as if the writer doesn’t know when the book is over and nervously says it all again. Sometimes the most useful thing you [as an editor] can tell a writer is, ‘Here’s where the book ends—in these next two and a half pages you’re just clearing your throat.’”

—Robert Gottlieb, editor

The end is in sight and you—and your brain—are panicking. Convinced you’ll never successfully wrap this up, or that it won’t be the satisfying ending you envisioned, or that you will finish and will never have another original thought, you ...

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