So here we are, the end of a book. It's so final. It's what the reader remembers most clearly. It's so important. It's so big. And as a writer, it can be frightening to write because we don't want the wrong ending, a wimpy ending, or *shudders* a reader saying, "I didn't like that ending." We want punch and verve and even a reader fist pump, saying, "Yes! That was a brilliant ending!"
And then there are those last lines of a book, the VERY end. Those lines can't flop. They can't flip. They can't even move. They must be steadfast. Resolute. And absolutely right.
Whew. There's a little bit of pressure on the end of a book. As a reader, which endings of books have you enjoyed most and why? If you write, do you find endings hard or do they flow from you in a no-nonsense manner because of how the story poured out? I would love your take on those two questions.
With that, I'm over and out on my middle grade alphabet march. The purpose of this march was to prepare one of my manuscripts for querying, and next Thursday I'll let you know how that march marches.