I went camping with the family over the weekend and wasn’t able to post a blog Friday before I left. I’ve been playing catchup today since I got back, so I’ll make today’s entry short.
When we submit to a publisher, do we give away the ending (I am writing suspense)or do we ‘tease’ them like your questions at the end of your ‘Mars’ synopsis?
Randy sez: I do both. I tell them what the ending is, but usually when I go to write the ending, it turns out different (and better) than I had planned. There’s always some extra twist that I didn’t know was going to be there. So the net effect is as if I had teased them.
With OXYGEN, John and I thought we knew what the ending would be. But the truth is that our original ending was lame and our editor said so when we submitted it. When we got it back for final revisions, we worked on everything else but the ending. We couldn’t figure it out so we focussed on getting everything else right. Then we spent the last day trying to find a decent ending. Finally we hit on it at 11:30 that night. I wrote a quick draft of it in about 15 minutes and emailed it to John and he polished it and sent it in.
We were lucky. It worked. I don’t recommend this method.