I’m halfway there… so why is it so difficult?

I’ve always loved getting to the halfway point. You’re almost done, it’s easier to finish because usually you’ve gotten past all the hard stuff. It’s like when I hike up the mountains where I live.

The red & black mountains were formed by lava nearly 5 million years ago. I always hike the black mountain since the red one is filled with bike trails. In case you can't tell from the picture, the black one is on the right.

The first half is all uphill. It’s tough and I want to quit and turn around sometimes, but once I make it to the top, I have a gorgeous view of Arizona and the Las Vegas strip. The best part is the last half is all downhill.

For some reason, this hasn’t happened with writing a novel. Right now, I’m more than halfway through my novel and all I can think is: “Ugh! I still have nearly half a novel yet to write.” A great deal of the story remains in my head, waiting to come out, so it’s not as if I’m blocked and don’t know what to write. But dang it, I want to finish it up and start editing. I’m still trying to decide on an ending though (I have 3 or 4 different ones in mind).

It just seems that writing a novel, you start from the top of the mountain and it’s all downhill as the story begins to pour out of you. Then once you reach the middle you have to climb back up that mountain, fighting tooth and nail, to finish. Maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe if it started as an uphill battle, it would be too difficult to begin in the first place.

Am I the only one with this problem or is it a common occurrence?

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About T. R. Kolbe

I have been writing since July 2010. I wrote one novel although I haven't finished editing it and I don't know that I will. I have also completed 3 short stories and have 3 more that I am working on.
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2 Responses to I’m halfway there… so why is it so difficult?

  1. Tammy Salyer says:

    Holy craziness! Yes, I have found writing to be quite similar to running a mountain range. First it’s up and hard, then it’s down and easy, then you’re on the flats, thinking “ah, this isn’t so bad,” then you’re looking at a two thousand foot climb! But just like that climb, you never feel better than when you’ve hit the top and get to keep going. Thanks for this post, T.R.!

    • T. R. Kolbe says:

      Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 I’m finally at the point where I only have about 10,000 words to go and now I’m thinking: “Uh oh. I have to edit and start all over”. I feel like I’m looking at that two thousand foot climb you mentioned.

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