If there’s anything writers struggle with even more than beginnings, it is endings. Imagine you’ve captured your reader’s attention, kept her following you for the entire journey, and now all of your hard work comes down to one final scene that will make or break her reading experience. Yikes!
Here are some tips on approaching your story's ending.
Your book’s cover is one of its primary selling points, alongside your cover copy. It may not feel fair that people will judge your words by the image they’re wrapped in, but it’s the way we work as people. We’re visually oriented. That glimpse of the cover will make all the difference in whether we read the blurb, never mind giving the whole book a go.
Astute fiction fans often look first at a novel’s dialogue structure when debating whether or not to read on. It provides instant insights into the writer’s ability and experience. If you want your fiction to vault this hurdle, make sure your dialogue is on firm ground when it comes to punctuation marks, capitalization, and tags. Here’s a look at dialogue’s basic building blocks.
No one writes a perfect first draft. Before you send it off to a publisher or to a hired editor, there’s a lot you can do with your manuscript, yourself. It will increase your chances with the publisher and decrease your fee with the editor. Here are some tips to that end.
You’ve set everything up, you’ve gone through the character development, and now you just need to tie things off. The ending is the easy part of a story, right?
Yes and no. Any part of writing is easy if you’re not worried about doing it well. But the end of the story is the part that will most shape how your readers remember it. This will colour how they view all of your writing.