Everyone says the most important element in a book is conflict but for me it’s mystery. I’m not saying conflict isn’t important without it a book would be very boring. However what gets my juices following is not knowing what is going to happen. Every book I read I try to guess how the book will end. I am extremely disappointed if I either guess it very quickly or my ending turns out to be better that the original one. If I’m wrong and it’s better then it’s a great book.
I remember vividly reading Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, it was before the film and before J.K Rowling was super famous, so I didn’t know the ending. I remember thinking oh it’s going to be like a lot of kids books the baddy is blinding obvious, Snape, but I was enjoying the book so I carried on. I do remember the shock when it turned out to be Quirrell, I had to put the down and say wow, out loud like on a bad film. I was single at the time so none witnessed my cliché moment. I would appreciate if you didn’t spread it around.
I recently read and reviewed Divinity by James Harrington, not a bad book all-round but I could see the ending coming like an express train. It was a good ending but predictable. In fairness I’m not sure how else it could have ended.
I’m trying to make sure my book isn’t going to predictable but I hadn’t realised how hard it is. The ending has to make sense you can’t just introduce something never mention until the last few pages. I have to drop enough clues so the reader will say ‘oh now I see.’ My secret fear is the first review I get will say –saw the ending coming so far away I got eye strain – probably be James Harrington after what I just said about his ending!
Picture is my step-son I had to pay a £3 modelling fee then his brother demanded his agents cut.