- You can oftentimes look back at your manuscript and find what I call your a-ha moments where things simply connect. Your protagonist mentions something early on that can be expanded on. Your antagonist stuck his foot in the door to leave a slight gait in his walk that is detected later. Those a-ha moments, often flows of chance, can be expanded later to great effect.
- What is your question, your theme? Do you want to make that clear to the reader?
- How do you want your reader to feel? What do you want them to take away from your manuscript?
- Endings should come from some action by your characters, not acts of god or chance--unless it's an a-ha moment as listed above.
- And...just as you wrote and rewrote and rewrote your beginning, endings deserve that same attention. Leave the reader with a strong thought or emotion.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
More on endings...
Beginnings are hard but what about endings? As you write do you know how your book is going to end, or do you wing it and leave the end for well...last. When I write I have a general sense of how the book is going to end, but that sense gets thwarted oftentimes than not and it leaves me feeling lost. I realize I don't want it to end.
Some things to think about when getting close to wrapping things up: