Hello. My name is Katie and I write saggy back ends.
Usually an idea will come to me almost fully formed- with the main conflict in sight, characters, and a couple scenes ready. It takes awhile to add onto that and build up until I have myself a reasonable outline. And then I start writing. But of course, somewhere between the first chapter and the middle, things change- scenes get added, cut, or moved around as my imagination dives into the story head first. I make the same changes on my outline- looking ahead and making sure everything adds up. The climax comes and goes, I’m almost done!!!!
But then comes the ending.
I almost never like my original endings. And I have to ask myself 'how the hell do I want to end this?' I mean, it’s done. The conflicts have all been resolved. Resolution achieved. But there’s that final scene that’s supposed to...I don’t know. Uplift us? Like a happy ending?
Give us an idea of how the characters will go on living their lives? Like in JK Rowling’s epilogue?
Or what about those cliff hangers in sequel-coming novels that have us biting our nails and wondering how the characters will deal with the brandy-new conflict they present right at the closing?
I’ll be honest here and tell you I have no frickin’ clue how to naturally end a novel. I don’t like endings one little bit and I’m constantly second-guessing myself. My back ends are saggy. They lack toning and firmness. I want my endings to feel like the natural close of the story- everything’s been worked out and all is as it should be. You should be able to bounce a nickel off my back end, dammit!
But choosing the right scene, the right closing line...it’s like a puzzle I never feel is completed. Or it’s missing a piece.....Or there’s one piece left and you’re left sitting there, staring at the extra piece wondering what the hell other puzzle it came from...
What do you do about endings? What are some of your favorites?