Breaking up (a reader from your book) is hard to do. Sometimes readers are able to limp through a book’s rough beginning. At times the bibliophile will still hang on through a weak middle. Even a bibliomaniac will not forgive a bad ending. The ending is what he/she was running toward the whole book. Don’t have your reader running toward the finish line with no tape, cheering fans, or ride home waiting for them. One of the biggest complaints from editors and readers is an unsatisfying or bad ending.
Steps toward a Good Ending:
- Know the ending from the beginning. I am a big fan of letting the characters take over my writing, but the writer has to be able to know where the whole story is going. Continue reading Successful Book & Reader Break-Ups: Writing a Good Ending