Anyone else trying to finish a novel this summer? It's not quite nano but still a challenge. I'm not too far along, not as far as I would like to be. I had a good chunk, but then decided to do a complete overhaul of a main character. The ripple effect changed everything. Still, the end of the summer is my plan. Any tips for finishing a novel quickly and cleanly? I'm trying to do as much of the editing as I can while working on the story. I can't work with a mess or allow myself to write whatever just to reach a word count. It will probably be a mess anyway. I haven't planned out the plot. I guess I'm scared to take the story in the wrong direction. Is that a common fear when you are trying to write quickly?