I've been reworking an ending. Which reminds me of all the other endings I've reworked. There are many.
are tricky. Beginnings are, too--they must hook the reader, set up the
proper expectations, introduce us to the voice. But endings are what
determine whether the promise to the reader has been fulfilled. Endings
are what make the reader recommend a book to someone else, or set it
aside in disappointment. Endings are where everything comes together--or
Knowing how the story ends is different from
knowing how to write the ending. Sentence by sentence, actually bringing
to life the scene in my head, sounding the right note, conveying the
main character's growth (or lack of it) ... it's a challenge. The wrong
sentence can send the scene in the wrong direction, and there's no more
room to recover if this scene deflates.
So I rewrite, again.