Let’s wrap this up already

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Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Another photo instead of a post? Yes. I’m using my words on my WIP today. I’m trying to write a satisfying ending, which is so much more difficult than I thought it would be. I’ve heard people say that the last act of the story goes the fastest — all that momentum builds and pushes you right to the finish line. That ain’t happening here.

I think the problem is that I have been very unhappy with the endings of several books I read recently. In one, all of the interesting stuff happened off-screen. Or off-page. You know what I mean. Two characters recapped the climactic scene in dialogue. It was very unsatisfying.

In another, it sounded like the end of Scooby Doo — “I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” I don’t want my villain to start monologuing, either.

I’m looking back at some books that I enjoyed, where the ending was satisfying, well-paced, and didn’t involve the bad guy having to break out a power-point presentation to explain exactly how his devious plan worked.

So while I do that, here’s another photo. I’ll be back soon. And if you have any tips on how to wrap up a mystery/suspense plot, I would love to hear them. Or if you have pet peeves about endings, tell me about that.

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