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Nearing the End of a Story

I am not a meticulous plotter. By that, I mean, I don’t sit there and write the history beforehand, or detail exactly what will happen in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I give a basic outline, but it’s mostly a bullet point list of major hits, no details. And half the time, those bullet points change anyway.

However, I will say, most of the time I have an idea in mind of how I want things to end. At least for my longer works. As for my current urban fantasy story (I’m at 53k and counting), I know the bullet point, but not the how. When I dive into this ending, it’s going to be as much a surprise to me as it will be for readers. There are certain ideas I have percolating, but they’re 50/50 as to whether I’ll use them or not. If my story was a garden, it’d be untamed, wild, with plot threads peering in every direction as I bat at them with a spade.

As it stands, I know the big bad, and how they’re baiting these beasties out.

I know the fight will be tough.

Who will survive? Your guess is as good as mine.

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I split my time writing and working my day job as a massage therapist. If it’s a creative pursuit though, chances are I’ve dabbled in it. Hell, I’ve played around with soapmaking, beer brewing, cupcake baking, tea blending and everything else under the midday sun. At the end of the day, my constant is always reading, writing and editing. I’m an Aries-Taurus cusp–which to any astrology buffs should tell you plenty. I hit the East Coast convention circuit pretty hard and chances are, you can find me vending for Solstice Brews while simultaneously promoting my books.

2 thoughts on “Nearing the End of a Story

  1. That’s how Northern Lights was for me, and I am a meticulous plotter lol. I knew the basics, but didn’t know the details. Even with the original novel I had the details of the ending…then completely changed it. Stories tend to go where they want to go, and characters develop wills of their own. It’s often exhilarating to see how they deviate from what you want like willful children 🙂

    1. Ha, right? I really enjoy plunging in and seeing where it takes me. A lot of the craft/foreshadowing, etc., comes in later on during the edit, when I have the form in front of me to mold.

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