We all know how important the first page of any piece of writing is. The first page must contain a strong opening, establish the setting, foster an emotional investment in the characters, use language creatively, set up a problem or conflict (tension), be organized and flow smoothly, and contain a “wow” factor that keeps readers reading on. First pages are not for the faint of heart.
But neither are endings. The last page is just as important as the first, because it has to bring together all the disparate pieces of the work into a satisfying conclusion, while referring back to the issues raised on that scary first page. It’s a full-circle kind of thing, like the snake of eternity that coils around and devours its own tail. (Even the visuals take courage to face!) Click here for more…1 comment