Monday, June 20, 2011

The Downhill Slope

I love writing endings.

Planning them is a tough cookie. You have to make sure all the parts fit, and that they carry enough significance and strength. It needs to be tense and heartwrenching and all kinds of other hard things. Fitting the pieces correctly plays a big role in this, and that's one thing I do through planning.

The rest comes with good writing. Conveying all the powerful emotions with the right words and the right actions.

Here's the thing. I like my ending's plan. When I talk about it, I get carried away and excited like no other part of the novel. When I put it down? It comes out all wrong, of course.

I'm not worried, not even for a moment. NaNoWriMo has taught me to ignore the lame writing and keep moving forward. As long as I am confident that I am writing the right scene, I don't mind the lameness level of what is inside.

I just want it there. I need something to work with later and I need a first feel of how these imagined scenes play out. There's no editing a blank page, and all that.

Last week, I hit this point in the novel where everything goes downhill. I know exactly what goes where, and when, though it was a real headache to puzzle it out. Now that's behind me. All I have to do is write, write, write.

Slide down the hill until I reach the finish line.

The End!


  1. I sure wish just once I could have a great ending in mind before I start approaching that part of the novel! Endings seem to be the last part that ever comes to me. Fortunately so far the endings always do finally come, and they seem to fit perfectly. They better keep doing that, or I am in big trouble.

  2. The ending is one of the first things that occur to me, i need someting to aim at. It's never quite sliding down a hilll though (sigh). More like falling off a cliff at times.

    Moody Writing

  3. I usually like to have an idea about what the end will be before I write, so I know what it's all leading up to. I usually don't plan too much but that's all changing for me because I'm learning that this 'not planning' thing isn't working so well anymore.

    But anyways, the endings are one of my FAVORITE parts of writing a book! It's so exciting and emotionally charged and my heart just races as I write it! Even if it's embarrassing to read later, it was still awesome to write it!

  4. I can't wait to read what you have written someday :-)

    Endings are not my favorite. They aren't my least favorite, but I wouldn't put them in the top three.

    I actually love beginnings, though they are so hard to write, and I love the first plot point. Weird right?

  5. Reaching the end feels so good, especially when you've had the scene in your head for a long time.

    I tend to create multiple endings so I know I've covered all angles before settling on the one that works best.

  6. Sommer said: "I can't wait to read what you have written someday"

    What a coincidence, considering the blog award I just gave Claudie.

    Hey Claaaaudiiiie! Tag, you're it:

  7. Ted: I think I would panic if I didn't have an ending before I started writing. I need to know, otherwise I feel like I'm flapping my arms in murky waters.

    mooderino: "More like falling off a cliff at times" haha, yes. That too. So far I haven't jumped over the cliff, for which I am thankful.

    Miss Cole: I run through multiple scenarios when I'm planning as a way to test the angles. I still manage to miss them sometimes (as I did this time. Had to replan a good chunk of the end)

    Sommer: I'm the other way around. I have a lot of trouble with beginnings. I already have to rewrite this one (for the 4th time). Ugh ugh. XD

    Margo: Huh-oh. Sounds like I'll have at least *some* editing to do this week! Hmmm, what to pick? ^^

  8. The actual "ending" I can do. But the final climactic scene is what drives me bananas. But I agree, once I get all the pieces to the puzzle laid out, watch out! I really enjoy writing at those points, where I know exactly what needs to happen where and with whom.