The story is starting to culminate, with the final tensions in place and the characters set on the paths they'll take to the end, and I'm worried that it won't live up to the first part of the book. My goal is for the conclusion to be more satisfying than that of Kings of the Red Shell, but I can't help feeling that I'll fall short. This is probably all just self-conscious jitters, and I have people reading who will be able to tell me if it needs a rework so it's worthy of your time and pocket change when it's finally published, but I'm still nervous. What if it's cheesy? What if I mess up the fight scenes? What if I'm missing some major plot hole and fixing it will create the need for a massive rewrite and it takes another year to get the story ready for beta readers? Too many doubts, people. The outline is promising, but I have this fear that I won't be able to pull it off.
There's only one thing to be done, I suppose: suck it up and get writing. The worst that could happen isn't an ending less awesome than I want, the worst that could happen is it not happening, and living the rest of my life with 5/6 of a novel on my laptop. Even worse, I already bought the cover, and it's such a lovely cover, I'd hate not to use it.