Beginning with an Ending

02 Mar

I love to write. Duh. Pretty much a given to anyone who happens to find their way over here to my little nook of the Internet.

I’m very good at writing scenes or chapters rather than epic, Lord of the Rings-style novels. My problem is stringing those scenes and chapters together to make said novels. Beginnings are totally fine for me to write. Middles can be cool, even if they are out of order with the way I write them.

Endings? Not so much.

One of the work-in-progress novels I have chilling on my hard drive at the moment has a beginning I quite like and it’s trickling into some tricky middle scenes since I’m a “pantser” when it comes to novels. At one point, however, I had an epiphany in the shower about what the ending would be and — I kid you not — I got out of the bathroom, draped a towel over me, and spent the next half hour or so trying to type out the entire idea before I lost it (or got too cold from only wearing a towel).

It was utterly brilliant in my not-so-humble opinion. Now I just need to make the middle work in order to get me to that ending scene.

…At least it’s a start.


Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Home


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3 responses to “Beginning with an Ending

  1. Rachel

    March 3, 2015 at 5:47 am

    The shower is the best place to work. 😉

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  2. velociraptor256

    March 3, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Have you looked at Dan Wells’s videos on story structure on Youtube? His seven-point structure actually involves coming up with the ending first, then creating the beginning as an opposite state, and continuing from there.


    • Kris P.

      March 3, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      I’ve actually seen/heard of a few writers advising to come up with the ending first, yet this was the first time I had a concrete end goal. Usually I have a decent idea as to where I want the story to end, but this was the first time I had a completely fleshed-out scene for the end of the novel. I have not seen Dan Wells’ videos, but I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the recommendation and the comment! 🙂



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