The ending. The resolution (or not) of the story. The last taste in the mouth, the take-home message, the good-bye that lingers in the ears. This has always been the toughest part of a book for me to write. The endings of all of my novels were rewritten many times--far more than the beginnings.
I'm at it again, trying to figure out how to end a
story. I am on at least the fourth version of the ending, and will try
These are the things I'm balancing: what I want to
happen, what should happen, what I think the readers want to happen;
what feels complete but not too pat; what readers need to know; what
changes should be driven by whom; whether Character A forgives Character
B after all; the desire for justice vs. the knowledge that some
mistakes can't be repaired; my need for symmetry; the need for this
scene to be interesting but not set up a whole new range of problems.
Yeah. Fun times.