Gee, I have always wanted to write a book that started off at the finish line, you know where I mean -- about a year after “and they lived happily ever after.” The way I saw it there really wasn't much chance of happiness lasting much longer than the “ever after” part.
I mean, look at Sleeping Beauty; she's been sleeping for a hundred years. She wakes up and she marries the very first man that pops into view. Did she do a background check on this guy? She doesn't even know if her fair prince can dance. He might step on her glass slippers before she can docie dough out of there. No marriage counselor, no nothing back in those days. Nah, Sleeping Beauty won't last much longer than the next Guillotine Ball.
I rewrite books for a living now. I don't make a very good living at it, but then authors are as poor a group of people as you can imagine. If one of them is smart enough to realize s/he needs a rewrite s/he hasn't got a nickel to rub against a potato chip. Anyway, I rewrite books.
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Your typical book that needs rewriting will take off
from the starting line with a scorch of rubber. Most
of them make it all the way across the middle line
with similar quality.
It's those last 3 chapters that would-be-authors let the quality of their manuscript take a serious nose dive. I know what happens. By the time they get to the last 3 chapters your author is tired, unhappy and frustrated. “The Olympics are on, do I have time to write a happy ending? Nah, let's kill this guy off and turn on the television. This book ain't going to sell no how.”
Well, there are three places where it is crucial
that you do your best writing. The beginning, and
the end. “Where's the third place?” Anywhere in
Now you can go fix everything in between.
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