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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

E: Endings

Do you know the ending of your novel before you started writing?
Some authors write the end first. John Irving said: "The first thing I write is the last sentence of the book"

Do you prefer HAPPY endings?

such as Persuasion by Jane Austen

Or Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes

  Of course, some genres have an expected ending which cannot be messed with, such as
Mills and Boon Romance
Of Mice and MenThe Catcher in the Rye
Sad Endings?

Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

or AMBIGUOUS endings?

Such as J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye

One thing to bear in mind is that a good ending is the difference between whether or not your reader will choose to buy your next novel. Some novels, like the Lord of The Rings have satisfying endings although sad ones.

So stinting on the ending isn't an option. The reader's emotional investment must be satisfied. So tie up those loose ends.

Do you have a favourite novel ending ?

I shall end this post with a haiku on the theme of growth

Maturing each day
Our values reaching great heights
Forever growing

I have another silly virus, hence my relative quietness at the moment 'cos my immune system is slightly haywire at the moment.