Thunder and brainstorms

Went to bed last night wrestling with the end of my WIP. There is a fairly dramatic scene towards the end of the book. It was throwing me off because it was SO dramatic, I couldn’t figure out how to conclude the story after it. And if I ended the book with that scene, most readers would have thrown the book against the wall and cursed my name for all eternity. Not nice.

So I went to bed grumpy.

Woke up when a wicked thunder and lightning storm rolled through around 5am. We shuffled around the house making sure the windows were all closed and I unplugged this computer because, well, just because you never know. Then I snuggled back under the covers (very grateful I didn’t have to get dressed and wait at the bus stop in the pouring rain) and thought about how to end the book.

And then I figured it out.

It has something to do with this photo of a spider I took on the drive up from Florida. This guy was almost as big as my hand. Someone had spraypainted him orange – probably out of sheer terror. He was orange and he was dead, but he was still scary… and inspirational.

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63 Replies to “Thunder and brainstorms”

  1. yeah that is one huge spider:-0! i hate spiders:-0! i hope the WIP is going well. -ash 🙂
    p.s. i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t have thrown the book against the wall if i had read the ending:-)!

  2. yeah that is one huge spider:-0! i hate spiders:-0! i hope the WIP is going well. -ash 🙂
    p.s. i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t have thrown the book against the wall if i had read the ending:-)!

  3. yeah that is one huge spider:-0! i hate spiders:-0! i hope the WIP is going well. -ash 🙂
    p.s. i’m pretty sure i wouldn’t have thrown the book against the wall if i had read the ending:-)!

  4. That was a pretty awesome storm wasnt it? I live in Scriba and it scared the crap out of me. The entire house shook with the first big boom. Good luck with your story. And the spider is creepy.

  5. That was a pretty awesome storm wasnt it? I live in Scriba and it scared the crap out of me. The entire house shook with the first big boom. Good luck with your story. And the spider is creepy.

  6. That was a pretty awesome storm wasnt it? I live in Scriba and it scared the crap out of me. The entire house shook with the first big boom. Good luck with your story. And the spider is creepy.

    1. I find endings to be very hard. But once I know the ending, I go back and adjust the beginning and middle so that everything leads to the ending in a logical way.

      Some writers start with the ending in mind. That doesn’t work for me, but you might want to give it a try.

  7. Donner und Brainstormen

    First off, Live spider or dead, they just plain scare me. Second, I would never curse your or anyone elses name. Dramatics are ok with me.

  8. Donner und Brainstormen

    First off, Live spider or dead, they just plain scare me. Second, I would never curse your or anyone elses name. Dramatics are ok with me.

  9. Donner und Brainstormen

    First off, Live spider or dead, they just plain scare me. Second, I would never curse your or anyone elses name. Dramatics are ok with me.

  10. we’ve had some pretty bad thunder storms here too. Lots of power outages. But i know how you feel when you get to the climax of a story and you’re not sure how to end it. I had a story i worked on for four months and couldn’t figure out how to end it. went through at least four different endings but wrote one that im happy with. i am so excited about this new story though! is there anyway we can have a sneakk peek? i think i’m rambling a little bit here. anyways is that spider really orange? it kinda looks like a beetle. huh. no mater it is pretty huge.

  11. we’ve had some pretty bad thunder storms here too. Lots of power outages. But i know how you feel when you get to the climax of a story and you’re not sure how to end it. I had a story i worked on for four months and couldn’t figure out how to end it. went through at least four different endings but wrote one that im happy with. i am so excited about this new story though! is there anyway we can have a sneakk peek? i think i’m rambling a little bit here. anyways is that spider really orange? it kinda looks like a beetle. huh. no mater it is pretty huge.

  12. we’ve had some pretty bad thunder storms here too. Lots of power outages. But i know how you feel when you get to the climax of a story and you’re not sure how to end it. I had a story i worked on for four months and couldn’t figure out how to end it. went through at least four different endings but wrote one that im happy with. i am so excited about this new story though! is there anyway we can have a sneakk peek? i think i’m rambling a little bit here. anyways is that spider really orange? it kinda looks like a beetle. huh. no mater it is pretty huge.

  13. Ewww… I absolutely hate spiders. If I see one, I usually end up screaming and running away no matter how big or small it is. =P

    Just looking at that picture made me all twitchy. Haha. (I’m so pathetic.)

  14. Ewww… I absolutely hate spiders. If I see one, I usually end up screaming and running away no matter how big or small it is. =P

    Just looking at that picture made me all twitchy. Haha. (I’m so pathetic.)

  15. Ewww… I absolutely hate spiders. If I see one, I usually end up screaming and running away no matter how big or small it is. =P

    Just looking at that picture made me all twitchy. Haha. (I’m so pathetic.)

  16. Reminds me of…

    the banana spiders that live on Guam. They’re huge. They’re ugly. But they’re totally harmless. I wonder if the poor guy died from the fumes of the nasty paint…

  17. Reminds me of…

    the banana spiders that live on Guam. They’re huge. They’re ugly. But they’re totally harmless. I wonder if the poor guy died from the fumes of the nasty paint…

  18. Reminds me of…

    the banana spiders that live on Guam. They’re huge. They’re ugly. But they’re totally harmless. I wonder if the poor guy died from the fumes of the nasty paint…

  19. This is really irelevant…

    Today my english teacher pulled me aside as we were leaving(my mind running a thousand miles a minute wondering how I could have screwed up already)
    Teach: This class is *sigh*…you know {No one ever says anything, basically}
    me:
    Teach: You should speak up more in class. I would like to hear what you have to say.
    me: okay….*nervously turns and walks out*
    I spent all of the next class(but, what else is there to do in math..) wondering where that line was from. It was driving me crazy. I finally realized Speak. It made me laugh and made my day. Thanks. The End.

  20. This is really irelevant…

    Today my english teacher pulled me aside as we were leaving(my mind running a thousand miles a minute wondering how I could have screwed up already)
    Teach: This class is *sigh*…you know {No one ever says anything, basically}
    me:
    Teach: You should speak up more in class. I would like to hear what you have to say.
    me: okay….*nervously turns and walks out*
    I spent all of the next class(but, what else is there to do in math..) wondering where that line was from. It was driving me crazy. I finally realized Speak. It made me laugh and made my day. Thanks. The End.

  21. This is really irelevant…

    Today my english teacher pulled me aside as we were leaving(my mind running a thousand miles a minute wondering how I could have screwed up already)
    Teach: This class is *sigh*…you know {No one ever says anything, basically}
    me:
    Teach: You should speak up more in class. I would like to hear what you have to say.
    me: okay….*nervously turns and walks out*
    I spent all of the next class(but, what else is there to do in math..) wondering where that line was from. It was driving me crazy. I finally realized Speak. It made me laugh and made my day. Thanks. The End.

  22. Glad you made it back in one piece! That spider is scary!

    (Sorry, the rest of this is going to be off topic.)

    My writing class was assigned to come up with a topic for a research paper a few days ago. We could choose anything that interested us, whether it be an author, hobby, or specific subject in school. I was thinking about doing the paper on you! I just wasn’t sure how to contact you in time for a possible interview in person (since you live so close now). If you could email me back at arq6208@rit.edu , I can fill you in on the details. Thanks so much!

    ~Little Quirk

  23. Glad you made it back in one piece! That spider is scary!

    (Sorry, the rest of this is going to be off topic.)

    My writing class was assigned to come up with a topic for a research paper a few days ago. We could choose anything that interested us, whether it be an author, hobby, or specific subject in school. I was thinking about doing the paper on you! I just wasn’t sure how to contact you in time for a possible interview in person (since you live so close now). If you could email me back at arq6208@rit.edu , I can fill you in on the details. Thanks so much!

    ~Little Quirk

  24. Glad you made it back in one piece! That spider is scary!

    (Sorry, the rest of this is going to be off topic.)

    My writing class was assigned to come up with a topic for a research paper a few days ago. We could choose anything that interested us, whether it be an author, hobby, or specific subject in school. I was thinking about doing the paper on you! I just wasn’t sure how to contact you in time for a possible interview in person (since you live so close now). If you could email me back at arq6208@rit.edu , I can fill you in on the details. Thanks so much!

    ~Little Quirk

  25. It has something to do with this photo of a spider I took on the drive up from Florida. This guy was almost as big as my hand. Someone had spraypainted him orange – probably out of sheer terror. He was orange and he was dead, but he was still scary… and inspirational.

    Image hosted by TinyPic.com

    BLARGOMFGWTF?!

  26. It has something to do with this photo of a spider I took on the drive up from Florida. This guy was almost as big as my hand. Someone had spraypainted him orange – probably out of sheer terror. He was orange and he was dead, but he was still scary… and inspirational.

    Image hosted by TinyPic.com

    BLARGOMFGWTF?!

  27. It has something to do with this photo of a spider I took on the drive up from Florida. This guy was almost as big as my hand. Someone had spraypainted him orange – probably out of sheer terror. He was orange and he was dead, but he was still scary… and inspirational.

    Image hosted by TinyPic.com

    BLARGOMFGWTF?!

  28. Would I seem terribly odd to you if I said that I envy you greatly for having the privilege of encountering something so unusual?

    Oh well, I’ll say it anyway. I envy you greatly. An orange spider would make my day; the sole reason being that it would at least interrupt some of the monotony of high school.

    Oh, and slightly OT, as most everyone’s replies are turning out to be: I have a slightly older (two-years-old, about) photograph of myself that I took while dreadfully bored in tenth grade English class. Upon showing it to my friend, she said it instantly reminded her of SPEAK…

  29. Would I seem terribly odd to you if I said that I envy you greatly for having the privilege of encountering something so unusual?

    Oh well, I’ll say it anyway. I envy you greatly. An orange spider would make my day; the sole reason being that it would at least interrupt some of the monotony of high school.

    Oh, and slightly OT, as most everyone’s replies are turning out to be: I have a slightly older (two-years-old, about) photograph of myself that I took while dreadfully bored in tenth grade English class. Upon showing it to my friend, she said it instantly reminded her of SPEAK…

  30. Would I seem terribly odd to you if I said that I envy you greatly for having the privilege of encountering something so unusual?

    Oh well, I’ll say it anyway. I envy you greatly. An orange spider would make my day; the sole reason being that it would at least interrupt some of the monotony of high school.

    Oh, and slightly OT, as most everyone’s replies are turning out to be: I have a slightly older (two-years-old, about) photograph of myself that I took while dreadfully bored in tenth grade English class. Upon showing it to my friend, she said it instantly reminded her of SPEAK…

  31. Thats huge! If he was in my house, he could HAVE it! I would just leave. Never look back (unless I was SURE he was gooooone)

    I heard they found the skeleton or whatever of a 3 or 4 foot roach. Again, “here mr bug have the keys to my house!”

    And when I was in school they had pictures of… camel spiders? No thats not right… I don’t remember what they were, but they were overseas where our troops are and they were HUGE! Like 3 ft I think. ICKY!

    Yay WIP!

  32. Thats huge! If he was in my house, he could HAVE it! I would just leave. Never look back (unless I was SURE he was gooooone)

    I heard they found the skeleton or whatever of a 3 or 4 foot roach. Again, “here mr bug have the keys to my house!”

    And when I was in school they had pictures of… camel spiders? No thats not right… I don’t remember what they were, but they were overseas where our troops are and they were HUGE! Like 3 ft I think. ICKY!

    Yay WIP!

  33. Thats huge! If he was in my house, he could HAVE it! I would just leave. Never look back (unless I was SURE he was gooooone)

    I heard they found the skeleton or whatever of a 3 or 4 foot roach. Again, “here mr bug have the keys to my house!”

    And when I was in school they had pictures of… camel spiders? No thats not right… I don’t remember what they were, but they were overseas where our troops are and they were HUGE! Like 3 ft I think. ICKY!

    Yay WIP!

  34. I find endings to be very hard. But once I know the ending, I go back and adjust the beginning and middle so that everything leads to the ending in a logical way.

    Some writers start with the ending in mind. That doesn’t work for me, but you might want to give it a try.

  35. I find endings to be very hard. But once I know the ending, I go back and adjust the beginning and middle so that everything leads to the ending in a logical way.

    Some writers start with the ending in mind. That doesn’t work for me, but you might want to give it a try.

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