I'm not good at endings. Not in writing and not in real life. They scare me. I don't let go easily. So I wonder if that bleeds into my writing. I wonder if that holds me back from crossing the finish line with my unfinished manuscripts. Is that why I approach the final stretch and decide it sucks?
My other fatal flaw is perfectionism. I can't get past the fact that no matter how hard I try and how many times I edit and rewrite, I will still need to make changes. Assuming my book is snapped up and an editor looks at it, I know there will be things I missed and I will smack my forehead at not seeing it. This is no reflection on the process and I love my crop-wielding editor to bits but my desire to please, my need to measure up and be good enough clouds my brain.
So, like vines climbing a brick wall, I will reach for the top and get to the other side. And then I need to let go.