I’d like to know what happens in the middle of the book before I’ve got the ending. Dusk Watchman progresses, but trying to balance the needs of a novel with the needs of the series and the needs of characters to have a resolution, continues to do my head in. More than tempted to just start killing people and see what happens, but that might make me less than popular with the readers.
Normally of course I wouldn’t give a whole lot of crap about that, but it’s the final book and I shouldn’t mess with people too much on that front, certainly not if they’ve put in the time and effort to read the best part of a million words! Yet again, the final book seems to be special and something outside the usual rules of writing – especially with the cast list I’ve got some people’s ending might have to be inferred, but there’s a lot that needs to be tied up and if I don’t do some of those in a certain way (one almost pre-determined by the earlier books). It’s clear there’ll be huge dissatisfaction if even bad guys don’t get a fitting ending to their role, and combining that with producing a book to suitably cap off a series that’s seen a bit of drama already… well, I think I’m going to have to put a sign up above my desk saying "More Epic!" whenever I wonder where to go with any scene.*
Right now, I’ll continue deciding who’s going to get the chop. In all the previous books, that’s been easy to decided – either there’s been a good reason for it, I’ve known for ages it was inevitable, or is just happened and surprised the crap out of me when it did. This time around, I know the reader needs some surprises and shocks, but a number of folk are involved in the final plot so I’m a little constrained. Anyone who’s not crucial better watch out though, I’m a’ goin’ killing.
* of course, it’ll have to go next to the "More daemons!" one that’s been there a while.