Friday, 2 April 2010
And they all Lived Happily Ever After
Please help yourself to an egg before I scoff the lot - I'll stick with coffee this morning.
Yesterday I read a post at The Rejector which happened to mention that their agency rejects a lot of requested manuscripts because they don’t like the endings. They state “it’s surprisingly hard to bring a book to a good ending,” which surprised me as personally I loved writing mine!
When I started my novel I had a very clear idea of how it would finish and found it really exciting to work towards, even though I wasn’t sure what would happen on the way. Once I'd got into in my stride I enjoyed writing the middle bit too - the filling.
For me it was the beginning I struggled with. I felt like I couldn’t get the tone quite right and kept going back and fiddling with it endlessly, but it was important to me to stick with it this time instead of giving up like I have in the past.
Someone wise once told me that writers who give up on their works-in-progress will have lots of practice at writing beginnings (and maybe middles) but not much at writing endings, and that advice really stuck with me.
So maybe it was relief at finally getting there that made me relish being able to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion, but it made me wonder …
what are your weaknesses – beginnings, middles or endings?
Oh and Happy Easter!