The last scene in my book: it’s my very, very favorite.
There are a lot of scenes and sequences I’m proud to have written, lots of bits of dialogue that strike a chord with me, lots of threads I’ve painstakingly woven together over the course of numerous drafts. But, still, no matter what, the last scene—and, more specifically, the final image—in my book is The One that has the power to kick me in the gut, make me proud to have written this book, this way.
Do you have scenes like that? I hope you do. Perhaps it’s your opening sequence, where you first introduce your character to the world. Perhaps it’s some victory for your lead, or some earth-shattering loss he suffers, or the climax. Perhaps it’s a single line of prose, written in just the right way, that so perfectly embodies everything you mean to communicate.
If you don’t have something like this, just keep writing. The more you write, the more likely it is that something magical and surprising will fall into place in a way that’s even better than you hoped for.
If you do identify with this, it’s probably why you’re STILL writing.