[Cross-posted at ReadabilityTest]
The other day a randomized, automatically generated WordPress script reminded me that Joseph Heller once said, “Every writer I know has trouble writing,” – how reassuring – and of course, ‘and have more trouble with endings than with any other part of writing,’ is how Joe should have completed the sentence. Is this just another manifestation of the old saw, “Begin with the ending in mind” – that’s what? Habit No. 2 of Highly Effective People? Or, is it really something else?
For writers it seems being highly effective comes particularly hard. This seems to be a common condition among writers, searching for [and rarely finding] the right ending for the story. Never eventually finding the right ending is the death of many – stories and writers. Myself, I’ve been having that particular problem with this one story for the last eight years. It seems I am not alone.