Saturday, June 4, 2016

Stuck on the ending... roundup of helpful posts

I'm finishing my WWI historical romance EMMA (still waiting for a title to hit me). I've been working on this story for a looooong time, too long for me. I'm the kind of person who can see the end very clearly and I just want to hop, skip and high jump over everything in the middle. I can't really do that when writing, now can I?
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

Snowflake method 

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!


Neurotic Workaholic said...

I've had trouble with endings too; one thing I've tried is writing "alternate" endings and seeing which one I like best. If you think about it, film directors and screenwriters do it too; that's why they often have alternate ending scenes on their DVDs.

Taffy said...

That is a good idea! I'll have to write some different endings and see how that works.