Everyone seems to be talking about the first page of a book . . . it must grip the reader – or face it the story is over. I recently wrote such a blog. A few days later I asked myself, “What about the ending?”
When I have a story in mind – and I have a ‘loose’ beginning – middle – and end. I also decide how long the book will be. I have to do this or I’ll end up with a one-hundred-thirty thousand word novel. I’m not kidding. So from the beginning I have to discipline myself and have a good grip on how long my chapters will be and also have a firm feel for how many chapters I will have.