Planning again

I may have mentioned this before, but I am not very good at planning. Planing a book, just feels – constrained. I am aware however, that if you want to complete a good book you need to put some effort into planning.

I am now planning my 3rd book, and struggling to contain myself to wrapping the story up. My problem is that there always seems to be a new thing that pops up that I just absolutely have to add in. I am trying to rein this in so that I actually finish the story.

I am intending to write the last chapter of the book today, which may sound a little odd, but I feel I need to draw a definite line in the sand, and then address each of the characters plot lines against this closing point. This is an attempt on my part not to end up with an infinite story (not my fault, those characters are tricky things and this keep racing off and doing something interesting).


Ok, my mission today. The last 2 chapters. <rolls shoulders and stretches fingers> Let the typing begin.


6 thoughts on “Planning again

  1. It was Truman Capote who recommended always writing your last chapter first, so you know where you’re going. (Of course, he made that recommendation while he was writing a book that he would never come close to finishing.)

    With my last story I wrote the ending very early on. It was a great ending, with guns and tension and a last-minute rescue.

    But then the character who I was counting on to solve the mystery couldn’t figure it out, and instead I ended up with a very low-key ending, with two crazy women sitting on a rooftop having a quiet conversation,


    1. Thats really interesting, so you wrote you ending, but changed it anyway? I have the ending to my book in my head, but just wondered if it would feel right once I wrote it. I guess I do what you mentioned all the time, start with one idea of the way the story will go, but it morphs into something else along the way. Did you use the original planned ending somewhere else or just cut it completely out? The new ending sounds intriguing though and despite being a natural action junkie, it appeals to me…I need to go and read your book 😉


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