At exactly 11:45 pm on Friday October 12th, I had a MAJOR breakthrough with my book.

I have finally figured out my ending…And not just in a hazy ambiguous kind of way.

Let me start from the beginning…

If you remember when it came to outlining I did a combination of storyboarding and plotting that I like to call Plottyboarding. This left me with a rough outline for my story, and I slowly began to fill in the gaps and holes. But I’ll admit, the ending has always alluded me. This week I’ve been toying with some new ideas for my book. But the more I came up with new ideas, the more I knew that I needed to add some details to my ending. I figured it would save me some time and heartache down the line.

Here’s where the analogy goes…

I’ll admit I’d been avoiding it, because I was a little scared of my ending. Scared because I knew it needed to be finalized, and I really had no idea how I was going to tie everything together. I felt like a bride planning her wedding. You try on a hundred different dresses, and taste fifty different cake flavors, but eventually you have to choose which one works best for you. There is no wedding until you make those decision. I think my fear came from thinking that maybe I wouldn’t be able to figure it out. Maybe my ending would elude me forever…

Let the Storm Begin!

I finally got fed-up with myself last night, and decided that I was going to sit down and do some brainstorm writing. That’s when I open up a blank page in Scrivener, and I just start writing. I write down all the possibilities of what could happen. There are no silly or wrong answers! I just keep writing until something bites me. If an idea starts to pull me in, I follow that rabbit down the rabbit hole to see where it goes. On a side note – this technique also works great for character development. When I’m struggling with a character and their motivation I sit down and start to brainstorm in their voice. I’ve done this several times, and its given me a ton of insight.

So last night I sat down to figure out my ending. The crazy thing is that I was only 128 words into brainstorming when the ending just came to me…

I actually stopped typing and yelled at my computer. And I mean like Russel Crow Gladiator yell. Like I’m in the Colosseum and I’ve just slain my opponent and am finally victorious! Luckily I was home alone so I didn’t scare anyone into thinking I was being murdered.

The fantastic thing is that when my ending came to me, it didn’t come in a vague kind of way. I already had the vague ending written down in my outline. This was an ending that was full of details, and knowing it (finally) has had a huge impact on my story. Suddenly I understand my MC a whole lot better. AND my Shiny New Glorious ending helps to explain her motivation throughout the story!

Finally figuring out my ending has allowed me to fill in a lot of my remaining plot holes, and has given me even greater confidence in my story. The added benefit is that I know writing with a good idea of my ending in mind will save me lots of time in editing.


About Poppy

Having been an avid reader since the womb, Poppy is finally sitting down to write that book she's always talked about writing.
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4 Responses to Breakthrough…

  1. CONGRATS!!!!!!!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! Can’t wait to read it whenever you get published!!!! 😀

  2. Ahh! That’s so cool. Congrats!

  3. Luna says:

    Congrats on such a huge victory!

  4. Poppy says:

    Thanks for all the congrats guys! It was an awesome moment. Here’s to many more!

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