As 2012 comes to a close, and I see the end of the second draft of my W.I.P. drawing near. I am beginning to break out in a cold sweat over whether I will successfully cross the finish line. Yes, this is the end of the second draft, which means I have crossed the finish line before. However when I looked back after the first crossing, I discovered I'd missed many check points along the way. As I approach the finish line this time, I worry that I have made the same mistake. Did I tie up all those loose ends? Did I remember to put in all the paybacks? Are there enough paybacks? Does my beginning shake hands with my ending? Did my protagonist solve all her own problems? From the questions above, you can see I've read many books on what it's supposed to look like when I'm done; the question is: Did I do it?
I know there is not a one size fits all for writers (although I wish there was), and I know that there will still be work to do after my critique partners read my W.I.P. I only hope that when they pass me the baton, I don't drop it and successfully make it across the finish line.