Write your ending and then write to it

You may discover, on thinking about your ending, that you can't quite get all the little ins and outs of that climactic scene or series of scenes clear in your head. There may be a lot happening - it can be very tough to keep multiple threads in a complex story straight.

If this is the case, as it often is for me, write the last scene or couple of scenes, or the big climax scene, if you're going to do a bit of wrapping up after that's finished. Pretend the entire rest of the book is done, pretend that everything is already in place, and just start writing.

When you do this, you'll probably discover that there are things you're going to have to put in place earlier in the book so that you can have them available to use during the climax. You know how all those carefully hidden clues in mystery novels suddenly reveal themselves in the last scene, and you smack yourself on the head and say, "I should have seen that coming - how did the writer do that so cleverly?" Well, this is how. The writer wrote the ending, then filled up the middle with all the stuff he'd already used, disguising it and throwing red herrings around it so that you wouldn't catch on.

Neat, huh?

But maybe you're having trouble bridging the vast gap between your hot beginning and that elusive end. If so, here's the first way you can get through the middle.

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