Great post on whether writers do (and should) know the ending of their stories ahead of time.
Originally posted on Creative Writing with the Crimson League:
A bit of background for this post: as you know, my writer’s handbook, “Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction” releases July 31.
Part of the first chapter involves a description of what I consider the most common and most counterproductive misconceptions about writing a novel.
To help pump people up for the release, I asked Katie to write about what she considers one of the major misconceptions non-writers and beginning-writers have.
How much does an author REALLY know what’s going to happen to her characters???
I’ll let Katie take it from here:
When I was a little girl, I would have given up my softball mitt to know who my future husband would be.
I was convinced it was Devin, the first-grade hunk. He made my knees weak with his long hair, athletic tetherball prowess, and the cute way his cheeks turned red when he ran. He even wore hightop sneakers, and was the best tag player I’d ever met.