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22 Dec 2012

Five Ways to Finish Fiction

Hello all
This is a guest post by Rebecca McKinsey
She is currently promoting her latest novel.
I'll have more details about the novel soon.

Ciao from me and over to Rebecca

Once you break into the first page of your story, work tends to get easier. Yet, as hard as the beginning can be, the end can be even harder. All your ideas, however well they fall on your plot line, are difficult to bring together with a resolute "the end." Here are five ways you could help yourself finish at least the rough draft of your project.
    The first and best thing you should do is make sure you know what you're writing about. It may seem obvious, but most often the lack of clear goals is what keeps a story from progressing. A wandering plot eventually stops it altogether. What was the initial inspiration? What will be accomplished by the last page and how does each character ultimately develop? Keeping a clear picture of the whole point will give you more energy to reach the end of the path.
    Sometimes, productivity slows for the opposite reason. When too much energy is expended in a single, focused way, a writer can burn out. When this happens people tend to call it "writer's block," but the worst thing they can do when that happens is stop their creative efforts completely. Storytelling isn't a one-dimensional art. Even with black words on a white page, there are other facets that contribute to the whole atmosphere. When you experience burnout, or a "writer's block," try another type of art related to your project. If your story is about a painting, try  painting a picture. If it's about a band, look into going to a concert. Experiencing your story in more than just words can give you new inspiration.
    On the same theme, looking at your work in new angles can give you the kickstart you need to finally get to the end. In addition to experiencing other types of art, you need to experience your characters in new ways. In writing, especially in a third-person point of view, it's easy to grow detached since you see everything from above. They're your characters, so knowing them may seem apparent, but to give you a boost to reach the finish line, you need to know them as intimate friends. Instead of dictating their reactions, you need to know how they would naturally react. You need to be able to think like them. The results may surprise you.
    Writers should also be readers. Without the experience of other books, you're voluntarily confining your creative ability. The easiest way to gain knowledge of literature is to actually go out and read it. In addition, reading books meant for the group of people you're writing for can give you a clearer picture of your audience. In terms of being a reader, you also need to be able to look at your work from a reader's point of view. Chances are, you started writing because you enjoy reading. Therefore, your project has come from that enjoyment. What would you enjoy reading? Write it.
    Getting imaginative with your writing approach is the best way to give yourself the energy you need to finally reach the end of your manuscript, but sometimes the best thing you can do is just decide to get down to work. No amount of creative engineering is a substitute for the work. Figuring out how you work best and continuing to do it is the basis for concrete results. Whatever word count you come up with each day, the decision to progress is the first step toward doing just that.
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