23 September 2019

Think, Think, Think

Being a writer means you spend a lot of time thinking. That kind of goes without saying. The stories and all the words that go into them come straight from our brains. Sometimes you're lucky enough to have the ideas and words flow so fast and easily that it doesn't feel like you're thinking much at all. Other times, it's not so easy. Sometimes, you have to do a whole lot of thinking. 

That's pretty much where I am right now. Ok, I still haven't finished Chapter 27 yet, but I'm chipping away at it. The major thinking I need to do there is just find the right words. I already know every scene and event that needs to happen. But once I get done with this chapter, that's when things will get tricky. 

I'm in this weird predicament where I do know what needs to happen, but at the same time, I feel like I don't. I haven't quite figured out how to get my characters there to make it a satisfying ending. And I know I can't draw out the story any longer, either, because it will start to get boring and lose the momentum of the last few chapters. The end is so close, and yet still feels so far away. 

So what's my strategy to figure it all out? Think. A lot. 

Maybe thinking about something in order to figure it out is a bit obvious. But it feels like the only thing I can do. I want to spend as much time as possible just considering everything. I think one of my problems with the ending is that I have always pictured it the same way. For years. So I'm trying to get out of that corner, start going about it a different way. It helps that the events leading up to it are a lot different than previous drafts. I've already come up with a few little tweaks that I never would have even considered when writing the first draft, so I think it helps to keep an open mind. 

I just feel like the ending is missing something. Some type of punch-the-reader-in-the-face type moment. There is going to be a bit of a reveal because my MC has been hiding things even from the reader, but that part still doesn't feel like it's quite strong enough to me. There needs to be something else. Maybe he realizes something about himself that he never considered. Maybe both characters are finally confronted not only with the lies they tell each other, but the ones they tell themselves. 

I think I'm slowly getting there. I try to indulge every thought that crosses my mind, see where it takes me. Even if it doesn't work out, at least I've ruled something out, and who knows? Maybe a bad idea could trigger a good one. You never know what you could figure out if just let the thoughts flow.


  1. Just keep writing down every idea and the right one will hit you.

  2. It's hard figuring out the right words. We usually spend a lot of time on the wrong words before getting the correct ones.

  3. Maybe talk it over with your husband and see if he can throw out a good idea. Or a bad one that leads to a good one.

  4. Glad you're starting to figure it out. I was just up last night in bed thinking about my ending too because it's not well-formed out yet. I hope I can make it exciting enough.

  5. I've been stuck in thinking mode for way too long with my current revision. I made a major change early on & the ripple effects are trying to kill me. :)
    Good luck with being on the right track - hope it all tumbles into place for you

  6. I'm always thinking. I have to keep paper and pen close by or an app on my phone to record ideas. I never have thinkers block.

  7. Endings are so tricky. The right idea will make itself known to you when it's ready. I like your approach of embracing bad ideas because they can inspire you down different tracks where the right idea is lurking.

  8. I agree with TCS, endings are tricky. Keep on thinking and it'll come! I've had endings that have surprised me and worked out wonderfully, once I got away from my expectations of how they should go.