Thursday, May 5, 2011

Figured Out the Ending!

Just a quick update this week.

The disadvantage of not being an outline writer is that I sometimes have only the vaguest idea of how to get from point A to point B in a story. For the current book, I knew who the bad guy was and that I wanted Paul and Dafydd to thwart his dastardly plans. Revealing the plan step by step was easy. Actually wrapping it up, though? That was tough.

I hit the point while writing this morning where I had to make some decisions. I'd gone as far as I could go without deciding exactly how I wanted to story to end.

As usual, I let my characters tell me. I actually wrote Dafydd asking the question, "What do we want to accomplish here?"

As soon as he asked the question, I knew. One of the other characters supplied the answer, and we're off. It was easy to plan out the final stages of the book. Everyone has their tasks. Now we just lure the bad guy's henchman (actually henchwolf) off for a big boss battle to end the book with a bang.

And of course leave the big bad around to come back with another dastardly plan in a later book.

It feels really good to finally know how to end this darned thing!