When I woke up this morning I knew I was going to finish the book today. It was a thought that both terrified and excited me.
Terrifying – the book is shorter now. I removed some extraneous characters and storylines. I know, I know, how can a character be extraneous? They just were. They added absolutely nothing to the story. Nothing. Well, I guess they added words but besides that? Nothing.
Exciting – I think the book is better. It’s leaner. It’s more exciting. It has a nice twist and super conflict. I like it better.
I did run into a little trouble. I hate writing endings almost as much as I hate writing beginnings. I started the last chapter 4 times before I figured out what I wanted to do. And figuring it out took a long walk with the dogs through the neighborhood. It’s funny, but all the inspiration I needed came from the question I kept asking myself – So, What now?
I realized that was something my MC would ask, and the rest of the chapter came from that point.
So, what now?