I hadn't really thought too much about how my novel was going to end until I was in a writing class late last year and we had to write three alternative endings for our stories. My first reaction was that I couldn't do it, but do it I did and now two of the alternatives I came up with have been merged into one and I have a very good idea of how the story will end. It's only two weeks until I head off to Deborah Dooley's writing retreat in Devon, where I am hoping to get the first draft finished so it won't be long before I reach that ending.
In preparation for achieving this milestone I have been researching endings as I want mine to be one that leaves the reader satisfied but wanting more, but also has a really good, memorable last line. Here are some of the last lines I like best in books that I've read:
- "Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger." Life of Pi, Yann Martel
- "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- "Are there any questions?" The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood