Done with novel number three!
That’s right, I’ve only written three short novels so far. This one, Ma Tutt’s Secret Spice, which follows Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut (from 2014); plus The Sword of Otrim, an epic fantasy I published in 2020. I plan to pick up speed and complete a lot more novels in the next 18 months.
Anyway, I’m excited to finish this story which I’d started way back in 2014 after finishing book one in the series. I’d written about 18,000 words back then and just completed 11 days of writing to add about 22,000 words to the story. So that’s about 2k a day. Not my 3k goal, but not bad either.
Today, though, I only wrote 1000 words to finish the denouement.
Got up early before church and just hammered out the ending. Endings are hard for me. I want the wording to be just right. I want to convey just the right emotion. I want all the loose threads tied up and for the ending to provide an “Ahh, that’s nice” response from the reader. That’s what the denouement is – the final final resolution where everything at last comes together.
Some writers doubt if what they’ve written is any good or not. I’m just the opposite. I think everything I write is gold! I know it’s not (on an intellectual level!), but nevertheless, I’m pretty happy with my stories pretty much all the time.
Specifically, the ‘mystery thing’ in Secret Spice that caused the crisis in Ma’s life was resolved in Chapter 6 with the confession (yesterday’s writing task). Along with that, the motivation was revealed. So far so good. But how did that final reveal and come about? And what were the consequences for that person’s actions? That’s what those last 1000 words answered.
Plus, the final feel-good moment. That was my favorite part.
Tomorrow, I’ll share some final thoughts on completing my third novel.
Today’s Writing Tip…
To write twenty or more novels (which is a minimum goal of mine), you have to finish the one you’re working on. Then move on to the next project. Yep, as simple as writing one book at a time.