Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Writer's Corner: Epic Fail Endings
Peeps, I am so close to finishing my NaNo novel, I can almost feel the characters of my next novel getting impatient. Before you get all excited, I want to point out that I've been at this writing stage now for about two weeks and can't for the life of me come up with a big finale ending.
My problem is that I can't stand cliffhangers. At least not the kinds that make you want to throw a book across a room. On the other hand, I still want to leave a few interesting threads that may entice people to come back for the second book.
I have to confess, I always get this strange kind of serenely calm feeling whenever I've just read an epic book and it gets to the last chapter or the epilogue and things slow down a little for you to catch your breath. It's kinda nice to know that after weeks of turmoil, characters that you've grown to care about are finally going to get a bit of a break. It makes me wonder if I would get the same feeling if the super exciting climax (i.e all the physical fighting and stuff) occurred five chapters earlier and the rest of the book was about political intrigue? Because that's how my story is shaping up to be.
I know the answer is to probably try and make the political stuff as exciting as possible but how do you write that kind of thing and make it more enticing than someone being chased through a forest and fighting for their life? It almost makes me want to employ the time honored soap opera trick of giving someone amnesia for no reason...
I'd love to know what you guys think about books where the excitements ends quite a while before the actual ending of the book. If you can't picture any, think The Hunger Games where a whole section of the book is more about the aftermath. As always, I am all ears!