Welcome summer! I live in Georgia in the United States, and we’ve been dealing with some massive heat. But I have to say I don’t mind it. I guess I’ve gotten used to the hot weather over the years, and with our son moving to Puerto Rico, well, the heat is just a part of our lives. Here’s a sweet sunset picture.
By the time you’re reading this post I will have just come back from a trip to Puerto Rico to see our son, his wife, and celebrate their baby’s 1st birthday. And as you saw from above, the sunsets there are beautiful.
But so are sunrises, right?
This is a Florida sunrise. Both are beautiful creations of God! One is the start of a day God has in mind for us, and the other ends a day that God saw us through. These scenarios mirror our stories in a lot of ways. We start our stories with a lot of promise, and they end with a happy romantic ending. (At least my romances do!)
Some beginnings are rocky. I mean from a reader’s standpoint. I know I’ve picked up a book sometimes where it’s like, what? Either I’m a confused or not following. I read one recently like that, but it came through amazingly, and I ended up reading the book quickly. As a writer, I find the beginnings and endings the easier to write. It’s always trying to keep the reader’s interest through the middle of the story that bogs me down while writing. The middle has to be interesting, and moving along with plot and emotions to keep the reader turning the pages.
I know I’ve asked on here before, but how many of you read the ending of the book first? Or toward the beginning when you learn the characters? I never do that! It drives me crazy to do that. Even if it’s not a romance, and I really have no idea how it’s ending, I will not read the ending before the ending. I find it hard writing the ending of the book before I’ve gotten there as well.
So, here’s my questions for this post. What intrigues you about a book beginning? What bothers you about a book ending? And please, confess if you’re an end of the book reader!