Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Art of A Great Ending

So, recently I finished a paranormal novella dealing with a vampire. And you know me, it's packed full of humor, one-liners and plenty of other things that'll make you snicker or groan. It's one of my favorite pieces and I'm so excited to find it a home and share it with you.

Until that day comes, let me post a few last lines from famous books, then I'll treat you to my last line :-)

Robinson Crusoe: “All these things, with some very surprising incidents in new adventures of my own, for ten years more, I may perhaps give a farther account of hereafter.”

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) "But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can't stand it. I been there before."

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1986) "Are there any questions?"

And my personal favorite and the line that agonized me for months after reading this book my junior year in high school...Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (1936) "Tomorrow, I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day."

You see, even though an opening line is vital to the success or failure of a book, the last line of a novel will stay with you always, as in the case with me. I even went so far, years later, to read the sequel and even then, the last line caused me no end of grief LOL

But I'll never forget them. Not even one.

So, next time you read a great book or write one, think about that last line. Will you remember it a month from now? A year? You should :-)

Now, here's the last line of my novella:

"He might be annoying, but after all, the finest vampires were merely men at their best and they were damn hard to live with." - Sandra Sookoo

Have a great week everyone and remember that line. I hope you'll be seeing it soon ;-)


Annie Nicholas said...

Nice line Sandi. I never gave the last line a thought but after this post I think I will.

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks Annie.

J Hali said...

Sandi, I'm sure with a line like that, you'll find a great home. Congratulations on finishing what I know will be another good story!