Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Rewriting Dilemma (Among Other Things)
Yeah, who am I kidding.
Anyway, down to business! My mind tends to wander when I'm tired. Probably does it to you too, I warrant--it seems fairly widespread. And keep in mind, if you can read this entire post without falling asleep yourself, you have a keen mind and a good night's sleep under your belt. I'll get to the voting button in a moment.
Now, I have had a rewriting dilemma of late. For a long time, I have been considering the ending of my novel. Such posts as these have been marked with my concern for it: and the question, "How shall I end my novel?" It's already finished, you might say--so why would I ask that question? Well, the ending of the novel feels somewhat incomplete. Unsatisfying, you might say. And it ended with total despair--not really all that great for the ending of a novel. Basically, the reader's worst fears came true: the end.
So the consideration in question is this: should I rewrite the end of my novel to a more satisfying end? If so, how far should I go?
Let me explain a bit. I have three options here. Option One: I leave the ending as it is, and rewrite a bit of the 'despair' part out of it and still leave it on a despairing note. Option Two: I 'briefly' rewrite the ending and extend it for a couple more pages to get to a more satisfying end. Option Three: I totally rewrite and add to the ending with several more chapters and an extension of the plot.
I'm leaning toward option two right now for several reasons. One, it seems to be the best way to let up on the despairing and incomplete end. And second, it doesn't let up on the tension of the last chapters (as I had several POVs and threads of stories woven into the last few chapters).
So what do you think? What should I do? Shoot me a comment or take a look at the poll on the right sidebar. And if you have a totally different perspective, awesome! I'd love to hear it.