You know how when you’re tired, and your vision kind of blurs, and everything fades together? And you can totally see things, but they’re faded and misshapen and fuzzy? Like this:
Well, that’s kind of where I’m at right now with my NaNoWriMo novel. I can “see” the end of “The Esclavan Abductions.” After a bit of thinking and planning and a dash of mental outlining (am I abandoning my pantser ways?) I think I have a definitely path plotted to the end! Sure, it’s fuzzy, but it’s there.
- Execution of the book’s scumbag nobles, because that was kind of coming and I’d kind of forgotten it needed to happen. (Good one, Victoria….). With this scene from Princess Melinda’s POV, I can use it to put some kind of semicolon/stopping point in the storyline of her relationship with her guardsman, Danby. Then I can pick it up again in the next book.
- The baddie sorcerer finally walks into an ambush that’s been set for him. I know which good characters will be there, and I can avoid creating a new one (I was worried about that.) Still don’t know if baddie will die/escape/be captured, but that’ll be the end of the book.
I introduce you to WRITER MATH (take a deep breath!): Sense of closure of main plot + hints of things to come (I’m only now figuring that they’re there!) + various paths left open to advance/deepen the bigger picture the plot takes place within = a pretty decent set-up for a series novel (I hope.)
THE END APPEARS
This is pretty much always how the end appears for me: it starts with some fuzzy concepts of how I can wrap things up. Sometimes, when I actually arrive and my vision clears, I discover I was not seeing what was there but hallucinating. But walking step by step, things take form eventually and I get to where I’m going, as I said yesterday.
At least, after taking some time to plan a bit where I could go through the end of this novel (if not the rest of the series and the war with Esclavay), I feel like I have a handle on this. Onward!
How do the endings of your novels/short stories take form for you? Is your process similar to what I’ve described I experience, or totally different? Feel free to comment! This could be a fun discussion!