This phrase is used so metaphorically these days, we writers almost lose our grasp of its significance in our world!
And yet it is our world, our very breath of life.
As an editor my opinion is where we end our chapters is more important than where we begin; even though, of course, that initial first sentence is crucial too. The end, however, is what keeps the pages turning. Without that, we are lost.
So, fellow writers, take that book you’re working on and flip back through the ending of your chapters. Does it compel you to go on, to turn the pages in excited anticipation?
Another exercise that is very useful to authors of all genres, fiction and nonfiction, is to grab a book, published or unpublished, that you wrote some time ago. Perhaps even your first book? Look at the Chapter endings and the beginnings as well. I think you will be amazed at how far you have come as a writer. If not, then this is something you need to address.
Just some advice on the Tricks-of-the-Trade that aren’t tricks at all … just good writing practices for all levels of writers.
I am available through my blog and comments area for any questions on the fundamentals of writing, editing, formatting, and publishing advice.
Deborah A. Bowman, Clasid Consultants Publishing