Book Talk 1/10/20: James Scott Bell’s The Last Fifty Pages
The Last Fifty Pages by James Scott Bell. Comendium Press Feb. 18, 2019.
Amazon’s blurb: “The first page of a book sells that book. The last page sells your next book.” –– Mickey Spillane
What are the secrets for writing a great ending for your novel? How do you leave readers so satisfied that they’ll want another book by you—right now? What tools and techniques can shape your last fifty pages into a powerful, unforgettable experience?
In this book, International Thriller Writers Award winner and #1 bestselling writing teacher James Scott Bell reveals:
• The five types of endings.
• What needs to happen in Act 3.
• How to use the Ah and Uh-Oh emotional wallops.
• A simple technique for crafting twist endings.
• The most important secret of all—resonance.
• The Stew, Brew, Accrue, Do brainstorming method.
• The best way to tie up loose ends.
• The most common ending mistakes, and how to avoid them.
And more. Read this book and you will come away with a thorough knowledge of why great endings work and how to create them for every novel you write.
My Review: The Ending is one of the most important parts of the book and needs to be handled with care. The above book can help. If you want to sell your NEXT book, you need to bring out the impress. That doesn’t mean you end with everybody dying-unless that’s the dark ending, you’re headed for but the ending should pull as many threads together as possible. Not EVERY single thread. Leave the small ones. Life is messy. Why shouldn’t fiction be as well? You should keep your reader in mind but not bow to pressure. Give the characters the ending they earned. Whether that’s sacrificed to save another, going on battered and bruised, or winning the whole shebang, listen to your gut and end things the way they should. Your readers will thank you. At the same time, remember you’re not going to please EVERYBODY! It’s your characters that need to forge the ending. That’s what makes a satisfying ending.