This month of daily writing advice will include tidbits, tips, and sometimes tricks. This isn’t a replacement for editing or book coaching, it’s meant as a jumping off point for exploration and thought! I hope it helps! ~Amy
Endings In the Middle
Have I gone crazy? NO! I’m talking about endings of scenes and chapters and how it’s our nature to want to wrap them up neatly.
DON’T YOU DARE.
When you’re coming to the end of a scene or chapter, keep in mind your reader won’t keep reading unless you give her no choice. I like the word cliffhanger but I don’t mean it in a literal literary sense. Just try leaving enough off, or leading the reader enough to make it that she is drawn to what’s next. Not just curious — compelled.
You know that “one more chapter” feeling you get when you’re reading? THAT IS NOT AN ACCIDENT. Everything in a good book is INTENTIONAL.
SEE YOU TOMORROW!