Starting at The End

My friend Nivardo asked me the other day: how did you write your book? How did you even know how to start?

The answer: with the ending, of course!

When I began writing ‘His Name Was Zach’, the very first line I put down on paper was the very last line of the book (fun fact: unlike most of the book, this line remained unchanged from first draft to finished product). Then, I plucked the protagonist from an earlier attempt a story and tried to start over with him, since he was the only part of that aborted effort that I thought worked well.

So I had one protagonist, and I had the ending. In my opinion, that was the hard part! As you may have garnered from a recent post, the ending of a book can make or break a story. As we said in the Marines, “You’re only as good as your last performance”. Applying this to writing, it makes sense that even a good book can leave a sour taste in the reader’s mouth if the ending stinks. And if you’re expecting people to spread the word of your book, you’d hope their last impression of it was a good one!

After that, writing the story was nothing more than finding out how the protagonists got from the beginning to the end. And it was an exciting process! I was shocked by each new twist, heartbroken with each loss, and relieved with each victory of Zach of Abby.

Now as I continue to write the sequels to His Name Was Zach, I’ve done the same thing. I know how it’s going to end (no spoilers here!), and all that remains is to discover how the characters get to that end! It’s been just as exciting as the first time around, and I can’t wait to share the full story with you all!

You can download ‘His Name Was Zach’ for just 99 cents on Kindle, unless you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, in which case you can read it for FREE! Paperbacks can be ordered from Amazon and shipped for FREE if you have Amazon Prime!

Published by Peter Martuneac

Marine, Boilermaker, husband and father. I'm here to share my thoughts on all things political or philosophical.

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