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By Dustin Tigner

Disclaimer: Welcome to my spoiler-free journal. This is where I record my thoughts and feelings as they pertain to what the hell I just wrote. I may explore writing craft, productivity techniques, bemoan running out of my favorite snack, or anything else. You've been warned!

Again, the power of distance.

Yesterday, I said I was limping over the finish line. I didn’t love what I had written. But today, when I read over the last two chapters, I found the story to be good and necessary in order for the denouement to work.

(I still believe in the proposed changes to my process.)

I fought off tears several times while writing the last few scenes. I doubt my readers will react the same, but I was just so damn happy for my characters after all the challenges they’ve been through.

This book is just hard. I want to make people laugh, not cry. I think, as long as I’m writing tension-based stories (not slice-of-life), I’m going to have a hard time with the climax. When characters deal with grief, you don’t crack jokes.

I have one more epilogue to write, which includes two different scenes. I should be able to finish that tomorrow.

Seeing the story as a whole, I’m excited for it. Anyone who enjoyed Arachnomancer should find the story fun. Now, I hope the second draft doesn’t kill me. I hate rewriting, but if the rewrites/edits go smoothly, maybe I don’t need to change my process.

See you tomorrow. :)