Is that I find them hard to write. I think I may have mentioned before how hard I find them. Which is possibly why, until I started writing romance and seriously trying to get published, I never finished any of the stories I used to start.
I’m not sure what it is about them that I find difficult. Before I really got into learning the technical aspects of writing romance, I used to find that the problem was the cheesiness of them. The obligatory here’s-why-I-was-so-horrible-to-you explanations. But now that I know a little more about what I’m doing, it’s even worse than that just the cheesiness: it’s the tying up of the conflict.
Has each character completed their journey? Have they learned enough from each other in order to take that last step and overcome their conflict? Have I tied up any loose ends? Have I introduced something I shouldn’t? Argh! Several people have commented in the last couple of blog posts that the more you know, the harder it gets and you know what? They’re right! Before I knew any of this it was ‘I love you’. ‘I love you too’. Kiss. The End.
Not any more.
The reason for the angst is that I’m nearing the end of the Frenchman. Got the Black Moment then the resolution to go. I know how it’s going to play out, but I’ve got bogged down yet again. I think – as usual – it’s because one of them needs to act and I’m not quite sure what that action is yet. It’ll be something to do with their conflict that will precipitate the black moment but I’m still feeling my way a little here. Ah well, I always have this problem during a first draft. I’ll go like the clappers for a while and then come to a shuddering halt. But no doubt I’ll figure out what one of them needs to do and then I’ll be off again and I’ll find write the end of the wretched thing. And you know what? Just writing this blog post has given me an idea… The Frenchman likes to be in control so what does he do when he feels a situation is sliding out of his control? He likes to get it back!
On that happy note, anyone else find endings difficult to write? Please don’t say I’m the only one!