2nd draft woes: endings.

I have chopped and changed and rearranged my novel and now I’m feeling almost happy with it. There’s just one problem: the ending. I knew it wasn’t that great as I was writing it and now it’s even worse. I don’t know whether I’d be better off writing one really beautiful paragraph and leaving it open ended or writing an extra three chapters so that the ending in my head is another mini-adventure. Perhaps I need to throw out the ending in my head and try to think of a new ending that fits better. One thing’s for sure and that is that what I have is not good enough.

Fortunately I don’t think I’m alone because, as smirk inducing as this comparison is, Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld novels never seem to me that they end quite as well as they begin and continue.

So does anyone out there have any stories of endings gone wrong? Or methods for writing endings? Or examples of great endings? let me know.

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One response to “2nd draft woes: endings.

  1. The Hobbit and LOTR both have a hero returning home, and then fighting a new battle on a more domestic scale (this is how Homer’s Odyssey ends too…) That works. The ending of A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is very natural: looking back over the day at sleep time (embedded in a sequence of hundreds of days…)

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