Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Bringing It Home
A satisfying ending. That's what all of us readers long to obtain. Not necessarily a sappy "and they lived happily ever after," but an ending that leaves you sighing with the joy of having known the characters and having been a part of their lives for a little while.
Even better if the characters live on in our mind for a time after the book has been given a home on our "keeper" shelf.
In my past posts on beginnings and middles, I stressed the importance of getting off to a good start by lassoing the reader in and maintaining that pace over the canyon-like expanse of the middle. Now ending on the right note is of equal importance — or even greater. The feeling the reader is left with at the end of the book is key to creating a fan base. If a reader has been entertained, inspired, and challenged by your story — feeling that each moment spent with your story was well worth the time and money — then they are most likely to look for more books by you in the future.
There is no time in the writing process when the author can let down his or her guard. Each element of the story most be strong if your book is going to stand out among the many fiction titles being published these days. A lot of information out there for authors online and at conferences stresses how to write great beginnings for proposals that will catch these editors' jaded eyes, but don't stop your writing education there. Master the middles and bring home the sweet endings.
You can do it!
Anyone want to share a book title that had an ending that left you giddy with satisfaction at the end?
Editor Du Jour Becky