Monday, August 7, 2017

Leaving the ending for last.

I've hit 50,000 words on "Takeover," which is the number where I think a book is irreversible and inevitable. Hard to see what could stop it now. Knock wood.

I've got it mapped out another 5 to 10K words, then...well, I've purposely avoided thinking about the ending. I want it to be fresh, like a new start. I've prepared the story, the characters, the plot, and all that is required is resolution.

Of course, the ending is supremely important, after all it's what people will remember most when they finish reading.

This is total trust in my subconscious.

The reason I'm holding off is that once I've figured out plot, it loses some of it's freshness to me. Once I know what happens it's a little like coloring between the lines. It's almost preordained. There are always little surprises, but it's hard to completely change a plot once I've come up with one.

So...I have the book plotted up to 55K words. The last 15 or 20K words will probably be mostly action, which is relatively easy to write. (As always, when I say "easy" I don't mean easy to be good. If that makes any sense.) The final 10 or 15K words will come in the rewrite as I fill in the book with adequate description, telling detail, and clarifications.

But I want to leave the ending blank until I'm ready. By then, I'm hoping my subconscious will be excited to deliver. I intend to research the endings of all the various takeovers--Ruby Ridge, Waco, Bundy ranch, and Malheur and figure out a killer ending.

Going into Bend to garden the house there, which is a mess. We probably set the house price too high, trusting that people would see the good bones, but that was probably silly of us. I'm stubborn though. I'm pretty sure houses in Bend will continue to go up, even if we don't rent the place it might break even.

Lawn care is ridiculously expensive. I used to do that for a living, and the current prices make no sense to me. I just can't stand it.  I know that mowing takes 40 minutes, tops. I can probably weed the entire place in a couple of days, 3 or 4 hours per session.

Or I can pay someone like $500 for it, whenever they happen to feel like showing up. I mean, these guys appear to be getting between $50 and $75 bucks an hour, and yes I know they have the equipment, but that should make it all that much easier.

I'll just skip my long walk over the next two days and weed instead.

1 comment:

Dave Cline said...

I'm using Cloud Library to read these days - Clackamas public library offers it. I read The Girl with all the Gifts - which was a darn good read.

Of course I've picked up and started and return at least 10 books that I won't bother mentioning. One last night I did was Frost. I read to page 80 and then thought, although the writing is decent, it's taken me 80 pages to learn what 10 could have told me -- and I'm still ignorant. Bah /RETURN/.

But I found another what is presented in a way that must be very similar to Takeover. The chapters are released as military interviews. So talking head asks a question (often a bit of conflict with the interviewee) and then the interrogated talks.

Maybe five different voices so far: Two interviewers and three participants.

It's engaging. The military wants to get to the bottom of events, and the people kind of want to tell it to them. I say *kind of* as one of the participants is a self described as "obdurate, irascible and vicious" (which isn't the half of it.)

So, your format has precedence. And it works.