I’ve been struggling with Julia for a while now. I’m on draft 2, 2.5, maybe even 3, I’m not sure since I’ve been editing in chunks rather than in one fell swoop. Anyway, no matter which version, the orignal ending just petered out. It was more of a “ah-ha! I’ve reached my word count, so I’m done” ending than a real ending. Now that I’m on draft X, I’m stalling out on finishing…again. I hate when books have crappy endings. I don’t want that to happen to Julia. However, I’m beginning to see why bad endings happen to good book. Good, solid, satisfying endings are hard.
And it looks like I’m not the only one struggling. In a post last month, Creative Blossom blog wonders “Why can’t I finish a damn novel?!” A Theory. Actually, she has several theories and even a few remedies worth checking out.
I don’t have Shiny New Idea syndrome, but I wonder if I can’t end it because, deep down, I don’t really want to. I mean, what would I do next? Could I really leave Julia for some new character? Maybe I just don’t want to leave her world.
I’m pushing ahead and getting something on paper. It’s a stop-gap measure that I know will be rewritten, but getting something, anything, down feels like an accomplishment. And, perhaps, once the ink is on the paper the pressure will be off and the ending will solidify in my mind. Besides, from what I’ve heard, the average manuscript goes through 10 drafts. At 3-ish, I still have plenty of drafts to make the ending more satisfying.
Are endings a problem for any of you?