Beginnings Hook Readers ~ Endings Create Fans!
In wanting to perfect their story beginnings to hook readers, writers often spend all their time writing and rewriting and rewriting the beginning. After messing with the beginning 10,000 times, writers often neglect giving the same sort of attention to the ending and fulfill their promise to their readers. Instead, try starting at the ending and work your way to the beginning. Yes, beginnings hook readers. Endings create fans.
To help with this common practice and jolt writers into giving the ending it deserves, I nearly always begin a plot workshop, consultation, presentation at the Climax.
Top Ten Reasons to Start at the End of the Your Novel, Memoir, Screenplay
- Fresh start
- Shakes things up
- Pulls you out of your comfort zone
- Forces you to move beyond the character’s backstory into the real story
- Key elements reveal themselves at the end
- How to portray the character in the beginning emerges from how the character acts at the end
- When you know how your story ends, you are better able to determine where to begin your story
- Most writers write the beginning 100 times and are lucky if they write the climax even once
- Writing the end seals the promise you can write from the beginning and get there
- The climax becomes the beacon that guides you to finish