Congratulations, Ms King, it’s an ending
Yesterday was crunch day. I’d worked my way through the rewrite, incorporating half a tree’s worth of PostIts and a brick of graphite, and reached the final scene.
I wrote it back in April, which as you may or may not remember was a busy time anyway for LRK and her e-world, and although there was the definite satisfaction of creating an end, there was also the clear knowledge that it was inadequate.
People tend to find my endings inadequate at the best of times, and I admit, the idea of making a deliberate bid to leave the reader with a last burst of suspense and excitement interests me less than weaving suspense into the previous 350 pages. But first draft endings are all duct tape and chewing gum: Just let me FINISH the damn thing, would you?
So yesterday came that point in the ms where It Had To Be Done, and I sat down and did it. 3500 words (14 pages, or about twice my good-day rate) in 6 hours, and although I haven’t looked at it yet, I know it’s fine.
I’m going to be writing three posts next week for Well Read Donkey, the excellent blog kept by my beloved Kepler’s bookstore, and I think I may talk more comprehensively about endings for one of those. But here I just wanted to say that I am very happy with the new shape of the Green Man (working title: we’ll close the contest on Monday and name the book definitively next week.) The final scene wraps around to the beginning, which always gives me a shiver of pleasure, and all four major viewpoints get a play there.
There’s even humor—or, it being Russell, humour.