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As in, eventually I'll catch up with this challenge!

What else starts with E? Ends, mostly. Ends are harder than beginnings, I've found. I'm not sure why--am I getting bogged down in the inevitable inertia that hits when the initial excitement of the story idea has worn off? Or are there skills to the climax and denouement that I need to practice more?

Or maybe it's the intensity that I find in the stories I love most that is the challenge?

Hmm--the Is are ganging up on me here--inertia, inevitable, initial, intensity. All INs even.

Is there a plot in the inn?

Clearly, I am rambling. The trees have released their pollen into the winds, so my allergies are tiring me early, and I'm ready to be in bed, insensate behind my HEPA filter, in a wonderful, deep sleep dreaming endless dreams.

Which brings me to: G is for Goodnight ye Gentlepeople

So, what excites you--or frustrates you--about ends, either as a reader or a writer?


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Apr. 10th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Look forward to your challenge run…
--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z

Apr. 10th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: #atozchallenge
Glad to hear it!
Apr. 10th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
The end is harder because it's where all those threads you've been weaving through the plot have to come together. Sure, you have to lay those threads in from the beginning, and that's hard enough, but you can go back and work in those necessary things. But the end--THE END!! They all come crashing, careening, kabooming towards you, vying for their place in the climax and somehow, someway, you have to gather them all in a bunch that satisfies each thread, and a reader to boot.


And that's why I LOVE endings! Ha!
Apr. 10th, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, a lover of chaos as well as sparkles!
Apr. 11th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, endings! The ending is really what makes or breaks a piece of fiction -- I've often been disappointed and left with a bad taste in my mouth when a good book falls apart at the end, and, more rarely, a really amazing ending can redeem something that is otherwise unmemorable.

I find that endings are usually the most fun and rewarding parts to write -- they generally contain the most intense emotions, and they're the scenes in which you get to finally do the payoff for all the groundwork you've laid.
Apr. 11th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
How do you get in the right mindset to write that intensity?
Apr. 11th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... it depends on what I'm writing. Sometimes it doesn't take much more than reminding myself that this is where I get to really cut loose and have fun. A lot of times, the final scenes are the ones I've spent the whole story looking forward to writing, and (because I don't always write in order) I may have some key bits already written, so it's really just a matter of filling in the gaps and putting the characters through the wringer. PLAY TIME!

In other cases -- this is the situation with the novel I'm currently working on, where I'm about 15K words from the end and somewhat stuck -- I'll go back and review earlier scenes, especially with an eye towards the emotion-intensive plot elements: what my characters value, what they love, what they stand to lose.

So far, my experience has been that once I get into writing the climax of a novel, I really can't stop! Even when I'm not actively working on it, I'm so emotionally tied up with it that I'm thinking about it all the time, and looking forward to going back and writing some more.
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