Finding the Write Words

Working it out in the end

April 21, 2012

Tags: For never was a story of more woe/ Than this of Juliet and her Romeo

Some of us dread the end, and though this may be an existential question for some, I'm thinking of it from the writer's point of view. I just finished reading a 400 and something page novel and was left feeling annoyed by the ending and wondering why I had bothered to finish it.

How do you know if you've ended the novel as you should have? How far into writing the story do you know how it will end? Does the ending grab you by surprise? Or is that where you were headed all along.

One exercise that may help you rethink your ending is imagining 5 alternate ways to go. If you drive the same route to work every morning, the chances of something new and exciting happening along the way are slim. But if you choose a completley different route, it may open your eyes to experiences you'd never imagined.


  1. April 22, 2012 8:38 AM IDT
    Congratulations on your new blog.

    Concerning "the end" of a literary work, my experience is that when you have a sense of completion, when there is nothing further to add to the story you wish to tell or the message you seek to convey, you've come to the end. The "natural" life of the work comes to a close and anything you might add would be gratuitous. "Writerly" intuition confirms the end and one hopes that the reader agrees.


    - Yosef Gotlieb

BEING ROMEO a one-act comedy of errors. PLAYS Magazine.
A short story of friendship, romance and an oncology ward. First published in Cicada Magazine, won second place in the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award Competition in 2006
This poem was first published in Cicada Magazine, June 2006 won first prize SCBWI Magazine Merit Award, 2007.
by Anna Levine, first published in Cricket Magazine, 2004. Translated into Spanish
This poem was first published in Cricket Magazine, January, 2005 1st runner up of SCBWI magazine merit award 2006
And yet another poem to share