Writers, Please Advise

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Hello Fellow Writers,

I am hoping for your sage advice on finishing my novel. The notion of writing THE END is very complicated for a former editor.  My revisions have continued and my book has increased another 13,000 words.  I want to develop my characters further and further. The plot becomes more in depth.  The narrator has more to say. The setting descriptions can become more sensory.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I can’t seem to let go.

I am heading to Asheville in two weeks on a research and inspirational pilgrimage for my second novel. My goal was to have Circling completely wrapped before that new adventure begins.  I really like finishing one thing before moving on to the next.  Now I am wondering if I am doing Circling a disservice by forcing the end according to my arbitrary timeline. Or am I metaphorically delaying sending my baby away.

I truly can not decide. I am considering setting Circling aside to “breathe” while embarking on the first draft of my next project. My concern is that I’ll never “get back in” if I walk away and enter a new world.

Please advise writers friends.  Finish it now or let it rest? How do you ever let a book go?