In the end

I was totally battling a nasty bout of Isuckitis the last couple of weeks as i tried to get back into a rythem of writing at least 1,000 words a day. There was a break last night and I saw a few more sparks of places to take the story that should carry me through for a few thousand words more at least (total as of last night was 55,046) but something else occured to me later.

As I start winding my way into the end of this book I can’t just throw in more characters and open up more plot lines. I have to start bringing things together and collapsing the plot threads in on each other. One agent who gave ame a very great detailed analysis of my work said I had a great knack for spinning the plot in new directons but suffered when it came to bringing it all together. endings ahve always been hard for me and I dread this one coming up. I’ve been able to get them under control in my short fiction but the good novel ending still eludes me. It’s not going to be right the first time or probably even the second time, but I’m hoping that with enough practice and the skills I’ve developed from the short form that I will get a good ending out of this book.

How do you guys handle your endings? Strength or weakness?

7 thoughts on “In the end

  1. Endings are my biggest weakness. In fact I have a freelance client who sends me articles that “need an ending” – he just doesn’t understand how difficult this is!

    One thing that I did with both novels was to develop the climax in advance. I knew how it would go down, who would be involved, etc. That helped keep me on track (and is a good alternative to outlining, which I also do, but isn’t for everyone).

  2. Ah, see the middle part is easy for me, not quite as easy as the beginning, but I have no trouble getting all the balls up in the air (shut up John, and Dave, and…). It’s getting them back down without dropping them that’s the trick.

  3. Endings suck for me, too. But if you’ve got an agent or an editor reading your manuscript all the way to the end, then a poor ending isn’t the worst thing in the world. Endings can be rewritten. I certainly have learned this. …

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