Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Tough Get Going

This is hard.

I'm getting down to the nitty gritty with this novel, and I'm having a hard time wrapping it up. I'm still knocking out words at the same nifty pace that I always have, but my last two writing sessions weren't loaded with the same confidence.

I know I'm going to have to redo some of the stuff that I've written lately, just from how I felt after I read it when I was done writing. I wasn't completely sold on what I had done. I'm happy with the prose and the dialogue and all that stuff, but I think that part of the story needs to be stronger.

I'm setting my standards pretty high when it comes down to the ending, because I want it to be strong. How one's book ends is how good of a taste you leave in their mouth. I want the reader to be rewarded and feel refreshed when they finish the book.

So I'm racking my brain trying to figure out a good, clean way to finish this. Or maybe I need a good, messy way. Whatever way I find, I just don't want it to be a bad way. Obviously, I'm new at this, and this is a big hurdle to clear.

I'm sitting around 66,000 words on my work in progress, and I've gotten through a lot of the story that I wanted to tell. That's a good thing.

People say that it's always hard to say good bye. I'm really feeling that lately. This ending business is a head-scratcher. I'll figure it out, but it's going to take a few tries.

So I'm going to come up with a bunch of different options and then hope I have to bang my head against the wall trying to decide from two or three great options. Having too much is always better than not having enough.

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