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What is it about this last stretch of the book that is just so hard to finish? I’m worried that I’ll rush the ending even though I’ve just spent 42,000 words setting it up. Maybe it’s because I’m aiming for 50,000 and I feel pressured by the word limit. And I know there’s no harm in going over that limit… I feel like I have to hit that though. Especially since I want to go back and pepper in some slice of life scenes to add to these characters.


Also I want to finish this book because I have an idea for a middle grade piece and I really want to explore that but I don’t want this one to fall away.

I’m finally revealing who the murderer is, but because I’ve known it all along I’m not surprised. But it has to be… that person… because reasons. But I’m also wondering if they’ve found enough clues. So I think I’ll go back and sprinkle a few more in. And add in a red herring. Well… an additional red herring.

Okay, I’ve goofed off enough today-back to drafting.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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