Frankie Says Don’t Do It

I’m sitting here wasting time instead of finishing my novel. The word count so far is 72,841 and I’m just about to write the final confrontation between my PI and the main villain. I figure I’ve got about 2k to go for that scene and then maybe another couple thousand for an epilogue and that’s it. I’m done.

But I don’t want to do it.

There’s no good reason why, mostly laziness and a serious case of procrastination. I hear stories all the time about authors who get toward the end of a book and suddenly find themselves in a white heat racing to the end of the manuscript. That just ain’t me. I know exactly what needs to happen in these last scenes but I can only work a few hundred words at a time before I need a break. Oddly enough, I’ve been doing more words than usual. The last few days I’ve been averaging 2500 words instead of my usual 1000. But the words take all day to write and have do be done in several chunks.

Am I the only one with this problem? What’s your process as you draw to the end of a manuscript?