The Making of a Novel: Part 9


I took Labor Day off. Didn’t write a lick. Felt a little guilty about it. Decided to delete about a thousand words. It wasn’t working and contributed very little to the story.

The ending is still evolving. The basics are in my outline, but variations keep popping up. Driving me crazy. And that’s a short drive.

Writer’s Magazine, to which I subscribe, had some good suggestions for endings such as having the  protagonist suffer a loss. But who could I kill off? Not Billy Ray. Certainly not Carmella, the sheriff’s female deputy who has eyes for Lester. Rio? Billy Ray’s girl friend? No way. She’s too sweet and pretty. Harley the dog? Forget that.

Maybe he wrecks his truck. Be a big loss in my world. Needs thought.


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