Ending Must Answer Beginnings

It’s easy to forget, in the middle of a significant rewrite, that the first question asked at the beginning of the book has changed, and that the ending must be changed to match.

The fact that I forgot it is what woke me up this morning. I realized that I’d set up a completely new opening (wrote two brand new chapters at the beginning and tossed the old one) and by the end, I forgot to loop back to the new beginning.

So along with type-in, today I have to figure out just how I want to handle the new-beginning=new ending conundrum.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

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  • Murrquan Jun 12, 2008 @ 9:57

    Fortunately, by the time you get to that point you’ll have typed up, and thereby re-read, the entire novel! That should help in deciding where to go.

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