The End

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I rewrote the end of Texas Forever yesterday. All these weeks I'd had this one idea, but when I sat down to write it, I had a completely different idea that I think fits more with the character conflict.

Today, I'm back to work on the end of STTA. Then I'm rewriting the end of Breaking Daylight.

I am Not Good at writing endings. Invariably, that's where my book falls apart. I never figure it out ahead of time. I can't bring everything together, I can't make it emotional enough, my conflict is too big and I can't resolve it in a satisfying manner - I always have trouble at the end. And if I'm asked to revise, like with Hot Shot and Texas Forever, the ending I write is COMPLETELY different from my first shot.

I think part of MY problem, at least what I saw yesterday, is that instead of wrapping up the conflict, the characters question, "Well, how AM I going to live with this person forever?" Very frustrating, those pesky characters. Plus, there are paths to take, choices to make. I realize that by the end, those paths need to be eliminated, so there's only one possible ending, but I just can't eliminate them.

Any advice for writing endings?

Today I'm updating my website and rereading my ending before sending it back to my editor. Yesterday I started reading Cotton Queen by Pam Morsi and I'm already to p. 100. Very compelling. The boy also decided he needs a haircut and he wants to get his permit, hopefully today. And I need to get to the library.

Oh, and I figured out how to get RSS feed from blogs, so I've been adding blogs to my reader.



Anonymous said...

YAY Mary. Endings kick my butt too. Have you seen Linda Goodnight's plotwheel? I just learned about it this weekend and I think it'll help.


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