Tesla’s Ghost is almost ready for my Beta readers. Actually, it would have been ready if real life hadn’t gotten in the way. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
The reality is, I have an ending problem. I’ve written a book with actually three endings. Sounds weird, but it’s true. One storyline happens in the 1890s and ends in 1902. That’s the one I’m struggling with. The second storyline runs in modern day. That’s all taken care of. And then there is an epilog that sets up the second book; that’s the third ending.
Like I said, I have an ending, but I am not happy with it. I read it to my wife; she’s not happy with it. I read the ending to the Rough Writers, my student creative writing club. They agreed that it needed help.
So I need a rewrite. I could leave it the way it is, but I know that everyone who reads it would be…well, they wouldn’t be unhappy, but they wouldn’t be thrilled either. It’s that kind of ending. Just kind of hangs there.
One thing I have learned in my writing experience is that you can have a so-so middle, but you have to have a great beginning and a great ending. A great beginning, because otherwise they won’t read the rest of your book. And a great ending, because that’s the image you leave them with when they finish the book. How do you want them feeling about your book when they are done?
In other words, my work isn’t done yet. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.