What a perfect day to finish my beta copy of Out of Ashes. It’s been amazing to work on the latest draft and, despite life getting in the way, I’ve put the final changes into my final chapters all in time to finish 2020.
Well… technically. The final chapters just need a SpaG edit, then they’re off to Critique Circle for feedback.
I find the opening and final chapters have to do so much. The opening has to set enough up so the reader can follow the story as it unfolds. And the final chapters have to wrap everything up in a neat little bow.
If you’ve done everything right, then your final chapters will bring the story and characters together in one beautiful coda. Some things fade away over several pages while others go out with a bang in one paragraph. But you need to give a satisfactory conclusion whether it’s a single book or part of a series.
That’s not to say you can’t leave things open as long as they’re not key plot points. Where the characters’ lives go from here is still questionable, but the final moments of the book work best when they complete the short-term goals you set for them earlier in the book. If you want a more definitive conclusion, you could write an epilogue or have the final chapter be several years later. Show what the character did with what they learned in their story.
Everything must begin and end somewhere. Make it a great start with an even greater finish.
And Happy New Year!!!Title image by at Mati-foto Pixabay.com