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Finding the Write Words

Working it out in the end

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.
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