Sunday, April 11, 2010
Endings-are we there yet?
I deleted my last post because I've come to an end. The ending of my story, that is. A week ago, as I neared the last 5000 or so words, I wished I had started my book with an ending and worked the other way.
Endings are tough.
So I was pleased to read a link from a well-known author who said that endings are harder to write that the beginning hooks.
I have to agree. So now I know I'm not the only one waiting and wondering about the best way to tie my work all together.
But I've learned one thing. You can't rush endings. They need to develop slowly and purposely so that I satisfy the reader.
I finished reading The Time Traveler's Wife yesterday. I persevered until I was rewarded with the ending. But the ending wasn't a prize for me. It was predictable. Yes, a little feel good, but mostly a let down.
Not looking for that in my book.
So how about you? How do you put together the best ending ever for your stories?