Of my plotting blogs for this week.
Best advice I've ever gotten about endings? From Gayle Wilson (I'm paraphrasing here):
What is the one thing your character would never do at the beginning of your novel? That is what he or she should do, or have to do, at the end. For instance, if your character would absolutely never forgive the person who done him wrong at the beginning? Guess what he should do at the end. If she would never get in a boat because of a fear of water because she almost drowned as a child? Guess what she should have to do at the end to save the hero.
I consider this one of the best pieces of writing advice I've ever received.