Give Away the Ending

So many authors have learned that by letting the characters take control of the story, there is no telling where the plot will lead. In fact, even the author will be pleasantly surprised. 

There are also times when an author comes up with a great idea for a book, along with a terrific ending. If you were taking a writing class, it would be fine to think that way. But if you want to write fiction novels for a living, you absolutely cannot have an ending in mind within the first part of your book. 

Two major problems with having an idea for a great ending when you first start writing the story: 

~ If that ending sticks in your head, then you have taken control away from your characters to be spontaneous, along with the ability to proceed in a wide range of directions. 

~ You will subconsciously rush toward that terrific ending. Your manuscript will end up dry and shoved down your reader’s throat. 

If you ever start a book and have an idea for a shocking ending, my advice is to give away that ending as soon as possible. 

Here are the advantages: 

~ You will hook your reader’s from the start, rather than trying to keep their attention until your dramatic ending occurs 300 pages later. 

~ You will open up possibilities for your characters to entertain. 

~ You will stretch your imagination for an even better ending. (When that time arrives.) 

Any great idea you have for your book, use it as soon as possible. Don’t say, “Well, this will be something great in chapter twelve.” Also, do not make the mistake of saying, “Well, this is a great idea, but I should save it for my next novel.” 

Immediately write anything that pops into your head. Never hold back. Never save, or store ideas for later use. Your current manuscript takes priority over future ideas. 

After all, you are a writer. More ideas will come. 

Ron Knight 

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  1. I started writing a book and it ended up being the second book and I had to go back to the begining and when I did that I realized the books is more than two, so overwhelmed I closed it but it rattles in my head and I write all ideas down but its hard to be a one person band, I hope I get some followers with a show I am doing at a cafe. Wish me luck, if writers do that for each other. 🙂

  2. Dvora:

    You do not need luck, but just in case…GOOD LUCK!

  3. Interesting post. I often have a vague idea for the end, such as ‘they get married’ or ‘they get away from the murderer.’ But I don’t know HOW they are going to do it, and when I run out of story, I think ‘that sounds like an ending’ so it is.