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Dee Tezelli

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Last Chapter Syndrom
Posted: Oct 11, 2017 8:02 AM
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Please tell me if anyone else has 'last chapter' Blues. Or is it just me who can not have a clean grand finale? Not always but this story of mine (#!%!**) is giving me the hardest time to tie-it-up. I don't want it to be one of those 'happily lived ever after' endings. My plot is such a weird one that has to have a punch. I'll feel better if any of you grappled with this. Dee Tezelli, Seattle
Carol Menges

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Re: Last Chapter Syndrom
Posted: Oct 11, 2017 8:03 AM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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You didn't have an ending in mind when you started it?
beachgardener

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Posted: Oct 11, 2017 8:56 AM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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Dee Tezelli wrote:
Please tell me if anyone else has 'last chapter' Blues. Or is it just me who can not have a clean grand finale? Not always but this story of mine (#!%!**) is giving me the hardest time to tie-it-up. I don't want it to be one of those 'happily lived ever after' endings. My plot is such a weird one that has to have a punch. I'll feel better if any of you grappled with this. Dee Tezelli, Seattle

Been there. The perfect last sentence sometimes comes to me early on, most often it is a fight to find it. I do think the last sentence is as important as the first one - the perfect bread on a truly fine sandwich. When it won't come I go back to editing typos and let it cook in the back of my head. There is a difference between the end of the story and the exact right words to leave the reader nodding and smiling, sorry the book is over and checking at once to see what else the author has written. B
C. Gold

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Re: Last Chapter Syndrom
Posted: Oct 11, 2017 1:59 PM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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I was crying as I wrote the last scenes. Part of that was finishing my first novel sized book and part was the content -- not everyone got a HEA or HFN.
Dee Tezelli

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Posted: Oct 11, 2017 2:58 PM   in response to: Carol Menges in response to: Carol Menges
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Hey Carol, thanks for asking; Yeah, I did know the plot's end...what I'm being so fickle about is the narrative that would make it believable...(clue: the plot is a mix of paranormal+celestial. And it deals with a mom's (me) creative perceptions about the loss of her son. See, that is why it's means more than just a 'final chapter' to me.
Dee Tezelli, Seattle
resteasy

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Posted: Oct 12, 2017 5:04 PM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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Might be a grand finale is taxing you too hard. Often less is more. From what you say of your experience, the power of describing loss in a peaceful way can have greater impact than any superlative ending.
Dee Tezelli

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Posted: Oct 13, 2017 8:58 AM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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Best advice yet, resteasy, thank you. My last chapter is crystalised now. It's a dry-eyed, matter-of-fact narrative of owning up to a loss. Dee Tezelli, Seattle
Helen Gosney

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Re: Last Chapter Syndrom
Posted: Oct 14, 2017 4:28 AM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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Hello.
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. And writing about it? That's really hard.
Sometimes I think the best way is to just sort of let the emotions happen, let that bit of writing set for a while, re-read it & if it's not what you wanted, put it aside, have another go & hope it's something you can go with.
I do think your last idea sounds pretty good. Please forgive me, but not many want to read too much about other folk's angst of whatever sort.
I truly hope I've not offended you, that wasn't my intention.
Besides, what would I know? .
My problem is usually trying to write a sensible & not long winded blurb.
All the best to you... Helen G

Edited by: Helen Gosney on Oct 14, 2017 4:30 AM
beachgardener

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Posted: Oct 14, 2017 7:50 AM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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It sounds like your problem was more than a boffo ending. And glad you found a handle on it. When I have trouble with a chapter, I do as others here have suggested and set it aside a bit, then I go back and read the book from the beginning hoping to let the characters and the story tell me where it should go next and the tone to take.
It takes courage to tell a tale so close you. B

Edited by: beachgardener on Oct 14, 2017 7:50 AM
Natasja

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Re: Last Chapter Syndrom
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 6:50 PM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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Been there. I get invested in the characters and don't want to stop writing about them, which makes ending a book quite hard.
I tend to tie up the loose ends, but leave just enough of an opening for a sequel, especially if I'm writing in a series.
"Timeless Tales, Modern Morals" was always intended to be a trilogy, with side novellas, so it's the exception. Each ending was written to lead into the next book.
"Ghostly Travels", on the other hand, I wasn't sure if I was going to leave at a single book, so I wrote the ending for the story to end there. Each book in that series (I'm working on the third) can technically be read separately, though the returning characters require a little explanation.
Dee Tezelli

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Re: Last Chapter Syndrom
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 8:42 AM   in response to: Helen Gosney in response to: Helen Gosney
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Helen, thank you. I've got it now under control. The last chapter is spiritual but also believable. If you care to know what the cover image will be go; www.deetezellimountainstories.wordpress.com
Cheers. Dee Tezelli, Seattle
Helen Gosney

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Re: Last Chapter Syndrom
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 4:17 PM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
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Wow! That is incredible... we don't have mountains like that here in OZ. Wish we did!

We do have mountains, of course, and steep ones too, but not like that. Mostly they're old, gentle, friendly mountains that have eucalyptus trees of one sort or another right to the top & only get snow in the south-eastern & most southerly parts.

And how did they build that lookout? My mind's boggled for the day now. Must go & look up more about that, after I've been to the dreaded tax accountant today & finally lodged my return.

And after all that, Dee, I'm glad you've been able to write something that pleases you & brings you peace. I truly admire your courage in doing this.

Good luck with your book.

Cheers... Helen G
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