Loose Ends and Research

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Have you read You Can Write a Novel by James V. Smith, Jr.? In it, he says to write the climax first, or at least sketch it out. His reasoning is that if you know where you’re going, you’ll have an easier time navigating your way there.

Monday, I told you I had an idea for the ending that meant I would have to do some rewriting of the last chapter I wrote. Well, my CP liked the last chapter, one scene in particular. So, I started pondering the situation again. It’s not like I don’t have the climax written. I do. It’s a doozy! It’s the tying up loose ends that I’m struggling with.

I fear everything that follows the climax will be a letdown. Can you imagine your reader saying something like, “why are these scenes even here?” Oh the horror!

So, I wrote the final scene. That moment when the story, for the reader at least, ends. I sent it to my CP for her opinion. Knowing how the reader will last see my main character sort of clarified a few things. I can now go back a few paces and wrap up those loose ends.

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I’ve also done a bit of research and found some fascinating information. The internet amazes me. Did you know there is a Van Halen Encyclopedia? Did you know there are tons of sites dedicated to men’s cologne? When I typed Chronic Grief into the google search bar, it returned about 12,400,000 results.

There’s still more to do and I’m anxious to dig in. I’m not holding anything back.

  • Tying up those loose ends can sometimes be tricky especially if you change and tweak the climax. Yay for getting to the end!

    • M. Frye

      Thanks, Debra!