Friday, November 23, 2012

Review Your Story; The Finale Is Coming

You have finished writing the chapters that lead up to the big finale of your book, and you can’t wait to dive right into the ending.

But wait! Take a brief pause before continuing on to review what you’ve written thus far. You don’t have to read every sentence from the very beginning, but you should check your plot to make sure that your book is on the right track, and that you haven’t left anything important out.

It would be very disappointing for a reader if your story all of a sudden jumped from one story to a different one midway through the book. Make sure that every event, big and small, links together perfectly to create a whole. The story must flow from beginning to end; there cannot be any lazy detours to reach the end faster that leaves questions unanswered, or roads that suddenly became a dead end. Once you start writing a plot twist or event, you must finish it and make sure the rest of the book hasn’t forgotten about it.

This is the pencil caddy I made out of a can of soup.
Photo by Chrys Fey

Reviewing your work is a great way to find things that you might have forgotten you added into your story or even characters that were in the beginning but seemed to fade away. Now is a great time to fix those small mistakes by incorporating those characters that went astray into more events throughout the story, and expanding parts that need more attention. 
Don’t forget that everything you have written, and everything you add or fix, must make sense to the story and the ending that you are about to write.

Now hustle! Your characters are waiting for the climax!

QUESTION: Are you happy about the outcome of your book so far? You should be!

Go to Your Writing Desk Is Where Magic Happens for information about making a soup can into a pencil caddy and how to organize your desk.

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