How important is it to come full circle in your novel? #writetip
I find myself at the first draft stage of my third novel. This is a good opportunity for me to check that the ending fits with the first chapter.
Here are some important questions you can ask:
1. Do you close off on any problems you created for your protagonist or other main characters?
2. Do you answer any questions you left hanging in the first chapter?
3. What reasons did you give the reader to keep reading after chapter one? There must be closure to these issues.
4. Do the first and last chapter have something in common?
I like a novel to feel rounded. I want to know there was a point to the first chapter and that the author wrote it as part of a story and not a gimmick to get me reading. The questions help me ensure my novel offers the reader the same courtesy.