16 November 2011

Revisions and happy endings

Revisions for Jack and Imogen's story have arrived and are mercifully minor. They mainly focus on adding a showdown scene to plumb the characters' emotional depths, and the intensifying the ending.

Intensifying the ending is a revision I often get, probably because as a deadline looms I tend to rush it. In real life I'm not hugely sentimental, so I'm always tempted to just write 'hey, sorry, I've been an idiot but I love you, so how about it?', but am aware this kind of approach may not be entirely appropriate in a romantic novel. After all the emotional build-up and the awful moment where it looks as if everything's gone irredeemably pear-shaped, the reader deserves a bit more than 'yeah, sure, why not?'.

So over the next day or two, I supsect it's not just my characters' emotional depths that are going to be plumbed, but mine too. It could be painful.

How do you feel about writing that happy ending? Do you love it or hate it?


Rachael Johns said...

I'm exactly the same with the ending. I always feel like it's rushed and hasn't done justice to the rest of the book :( Good luck with yours!

Jackie Ashenden said...

I hate writing endings. All those wretched explanations and "I only said that because my mother left me when I was a baby and I have unresolved feelings of anger towards all women as a consequence'. Well, not exactly like that but you know what I mean. :-)
I'm with you. I'd much prefer the 'hey I love you, let's get married' approach.

Lucy King said...

Give me a good argument to write any day!