4th January 2019 at 5:03 pm #77397
I’ve just started writing my second novel. I pretty much know how the whole story is going to work, it’s all fairly well planned out in my head. I drafted out the first couple of chapters, but have now started actively writing the last chapter before even thinking about writing most of the other stuff. I must admit being fed up with reading (or watching) great dramas only to find the story just peters out with some kind of naff contrived ending, or has no proper ending at all and we are left to make up our own minds as to what happened e.g. 2016’s BBC drama “Undercover” which I absolutely loved until the cop out ending – “Go Bigger” – I mean Really???
How do you other members approach your writing projects, do you have a great end in sight or just start writing and see where the story takes you?
6th January 2019 at 1:42 pm #77584
I know the beginning and the end and usually have an idea of the general gist of the story, which may change quite a bit as I get to know my characters.
Then I write from beginning to end.
It has been known for me to change the end (I was given editorial advice not to kill off my MC at the end of one of my books, which I heeded and the story is the better for it) but I agree that there is nothing more annoying than a non-ending.
6th January 2019 at 2:05 pm #77585
I know the beginning and end too, and I have even written a few scenes of the last chapter; I guess I needed to put that down to keep me focused. I now try to write from beginning to end because, as Bella said, things tend to change along the way, especially characters. In my case they seem to become worse human beings as I go along! That said, I’ve written some scenes that are supposed to fit somewhere in the middle so I will end up with a mighty puzzle when I finally finish that first draft.
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