Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Finding The End


One method for plotting out a book is to start with the end and then use it to get the beginning, middle, and all the bits in between. I'm trying that this time... but I usually know how a book starts--not how it ends. So, I'm asking you, my brilliant writer buddies: Have you ever done anything like this before? How do you find the end when you haven't even started the beginning? What if you plan the end and then write the book and the brilliant ending no longer fits? I'm super excited for the way this new project is lining up for me, but I would love to not totally screw it up before it starts... help?

7 comments:

  1. I never start the actual writing of a novel until I have at least some idea of the major conflict and what the outcome will be. Of course, I've usually written pages and pages of notes on the characters and the story by that time.

    BUT, just because I have an ending planned out, it doesn't mean that's definitely the ending. I think of it as a road trip. Like there's a destination, but sometimes you get off track, and even though you wind up at a different destination, you never feel lost. At least, that's been my experience.

    Good luck!

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  2. I usually have the beginning and the end figured out before I start writing. Then the middle is more a process of discovery. But it's such a reward to get to that great ending I've been waiting and waiting to write. Good luck!

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  3. I've never tried that, but might with the WIP I'm going to start in June.

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  4. Wow. I never know the end until I write it. You'll have to let us know how it goes.

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  5. The end is one of the benchmarks I drive my characters toward. I think I'd be a bit lost if I didn't have some idea where I'm headed.

    That said, the ending I originally imagined has changed location, who the bad guy was, how they all got to that point, and how it all turned out. I think two of the basic elements are still there.

    I say just pick an ending you think will work and will contrast nicely with the beginning. Then think about it every once in a while as you write. If it doesn't match completely, who cares? Write a new one for the book and, later, you can post the old one for your fans on your blog. :)

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  6. Oooh, I like this idea. I might try it. I know for a fact that I wouldn't have the same end once I got there though. But that's okay, it would be a great exercise and probably help me.

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  7. Jenn, I started one book with the ending, by accident, and spent my time plotting it like a CSI episode. "Here's the result-what made it happen?" I enjoyed the process so much that I continue to write that way. Good luck.

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