I’m still tweaking the synopsis to my novel, so I can enter it into the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers by this Friday. I’m quite pleased with the way I’ve managed to summarise the plot, main characters and themes.
It’s not an easy task and it certainly has potential to leave you standing in a plot hole. Especially when you’re a pantser, like me.
The hardest part for me has been revealing the ending to my story. This is probably quite symbolic, seeing as I’m still two chapters away from finishing, and I just can’t find the time to get there.
But this is mostly because even I don’t know how my story will turn out. I have at least three possible endings and before now, I’ve always thought it will come to me as I’m writing. The trouble is, I’m not writing. And I need to make a decision now, so I can succinctly wrap up my novel for the judges.
Oh god. I just don’t know. I want to end with a twist, but I don’t want the twist to be too crazy or I might leave my readers puzzled. Or is the twist the fact there’s not a twist. But could that be perceived as boring?
I know I need to wrap it up. The mystery novel must innately resolve the mystery. And the last thing I want to do is leave my readers hanging. But which resolution do I choose?
Until Friday, let me know if I should twist within the boundaries, twist out of control or not twist at all. What are your thoughts?