'Growing up isn't easy, but sometimes being true to yourself is even harder.'
Ellen's tips for new writers
plot - how to end it all
Starting a story is easy, you've got an idea, and you start to tell it. In the middle, you begin to have some real fun, unveiling new characters, butting up against obstacles, adding twists and turns to your character's journey. Then comes time to finish.
Sccrrrcchhh! Hit the brakes, Alice, we're coming in for a landing.
The end is where the trouble begins.
For the last two weeks, I've been at the end of my current manuscript. I've two chapters and one half to go. I've written less than five hundred words in the last seven days.
Part of me is stalling - How should it end? What will the readers expect? Shall I surprise them?
My daughter recently read (struggled through?) Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. It wasn't until the very last line that she shouted with glee, "I get it! I get it!" You don't want your reader to struggle to the end.
Which brings me to the other 'part of me', the writer who's struggling, who doesn't want it all to end. After all, the main character (MC) and I have been head buddies for months. I'm gonna miss him when he goes. I know, I know, it's time to end it all.
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Author, reader, poet, teacher, mom, star gazer, dreamer.
Ellen grew up in a Southern California low desert town on a block filled with boys. Dirt-clod throwing, tree-climbing, worm-eating boys. She countered this world with fiction, spending hours and hours at the local library, reading hundreds of books and imagining life as Nancy Drew, Elizabeth Bennett and Mick Kelly. As a teen, she spent time daydreaming about the world, the universe, and how she might one day write stories and create characters that young people would fall in love with like she'd done.
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