Delia Sherman joined us aboard the Independence of the Seas for our question-and-answer installment on endings. The questions came from the attendees at the Writing Excuses Workshop, which was, lest anyone forget, on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The questions:
- Why do more short stories than novels end on tragic notes?
- How do you keep an ending from being predictable or boring?
- How do you write a stand-alone ending with sequel potential?
- What are the best ways to avoid infodump endings?
- Are there differences between writing the first novel in a series and other novels in the series?
- How do you know which questions to leave unanswered?
- What sort of attention do you give to your last lines?
This episode was engineered aboard The Independence of the Seas by Bert Grimm, and mastered in a soundproofed bullet-train by Alex Jackson.
You finished your book? TAKE A BREAK! This week’s homework is for you to relax a bit, and do whatever it is you do with a spot of time off. Revision begins soon, and you may need a palate-cleanser.
The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman, narrated by Robin Miles