Stuck on the ending... roundup of helpful posts
But lately, I've come to realize a harsh and ugly fact about the writer in me: I can't finish this story. Don't misunderstand, I have at least five other finished stories. It's the ending I have a problem with. Or maybe I'm scared. What if my story sucks? What if I got the history part of it wrong?
I made a goal this summer: write fast AND clean so my edits are easier. How will I do this?? First, I've committed to writing a loose outline before I start to write. Characters, setting, and a few scenes and dialogue that have popped into my crazy head. Then I'll write really fast because it's what I love to do. And lastly, edits/revision.
Maybe with this new goal I can get to the ending faster? IDK.
What do you think?
In response to my failings, I read several articles on finishing a book. Here are a few I learned from:
How to structure a killer novel ending
9 Rules for Writing Dialogue
9 Steps to writing dialogue with rich subtext
How to turn your setting into an obstacle course
How to finish your book
Have a happy weekend! Get your writing done!