Happy Back to School Bash month! It’s always a fun time when we have our group giveaways. :)
Since we had such a fun conversation last month regarding puzzles, I thought I’d update you on how it was going.
Don’t you love it? (There are 2 pieces missing!) It did take me the whole month to finish it. But that’s okay. I’m not in a hurry and I enjoy doing this in the evenings. This talk of finishing takes us right into our conversation for this month.
Or more importantly, finishing well.
I remember when I was a young teenager, finishing a book, then throwing it across my bedroom because I hated the ending. Now this was in the 70’s. No Internet, no Audible, no way to find out if the author had maybe written another book, as in a series? It turns out this author did, but I didn’t know it. I ended up reading the whole series and loving it.
But what do we do when books don’t end well? Or maybe don’t end like we’d like them to? I know for me, I rewrite the ending in my head. Some of the ways books don’t end well for me are:
- The ending is rushed. The whole book has been beautifully paced, characters drawn, then it’s like bam! Ending all of it quickly, without the same pace as the book.
- Plot points left unfinished. This happens at times when there is a series. But it also happens when there isn’t. Sometimes we’re left wondering what happened to so and so? Where did that character go? Did they adopt that dog?
- A big one for me is not a happy ending Now, stick with me here. I know not all books have happy endings. There are genres where it doesn’t end in happiness, but even if that is the case, there needs to be a resolution of sorts. I can take a non-happy ending if the resolution is strong.
- A series where the next book doesn’t come out for a long time! Ha. This is a sign of a good book when we can’t wait to read the next one. So, this isn’t a bad ending, just an anticipatory one. :)
And some of these things are based on perspective. As a writer I try really hard to make sure my ending flows with the rest of the book, close my plot points, and my endings are always happy.
Finishing my puzzle is like finishing a good book. Satisfying!
I don’t want to give away any amazing endings for books, but I’d love to hear about books you’ve read where you had loved the ending. Maybe a surprise twist? A character resolution you didn’t see coming?
Let’s talk great endings in the comments. 1 commenter will be chosen randomly to receive a $5.00 Amazon gift card. Buy a book with a great ending!