“. . . it’s that I don’t really believe in endings. After all, life always goes on.”—Jeffe Kennedy
November 13, 2013
Probably because I am rewriting the ending to my novel, since I have had to split it into two, and I have scheduled myself to complete it this weekend.
In story writing, the ending is the easiest part for me. I always know pretty much how my story is going to end, before I even start writing. For me, the ending is why I am writing the story.
It’s the part after the crisis and leading up to the ending that gives me trouble. That’s why I love Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. It gives me the map I need to navigate through all that.
After I realized I was going to have to split my book in two, I knew almost immediately where the break is and what the new ending is going to be.
My Hot Tub Readers had another idea. They suggested a point in the story that they thought would be more of a cliffhanger.
To me, though, it didn’t feel right. It felt like a cheat. A cheap trick. And not at all satisfying. The new ending had to be a resolution of that book’s journey. At the same time, it should be a lead-in, a beckoning of the promise of the next book’s adventure.
Something that makes me as eager to start writing the next book as much as I hope the reader will want to start reading it.
Come on, weekend!