WriterDojo S3 Ep24: Wrapping it Up

Sooner or later, everything must end. This week hosts/Authors Steve Diamond  and Larry Correia discuss wrapping it up- how best to go about wrapping up a story, a book, a series. (Fittingly, this is the last episode of  Season 3)

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This week’s episode is brought to you by Stephanie Osborn’s Alpha & Omega (Division One, book one)

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January 2023 Update
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6 thoughts on “WriterDojo S3 Ep24: Wrapping it Up”

  1. It was listening to this review that figured out Bloodlines and simplest way to fix it. Rename the book Monster Hunter: Ward Stone

    Bloodlines is the story of getting another Ward Stone and that A story is completed by the end of the book. Its just that is least interesting part of the story. First because we have already seen the ward stones and know what they can do. Second the new plot elements mentioned in Bloodlines are more interesting.

    Third is that last 100 pages is by far the best part of Bloodlines. It feels like a completely different story than the rest of the book. Yes they kill the big bad of the book but he feels like a after thought and frankly a boring villain that has already eaten to many pages.

    I know Larry isn’t going to rewrite Bloodlines but I guess I think if big bad had been finish in Alabama. And the last 100 pages were put into the next book I think most people would have been happy with that book and the promise of the book would have been better kept and you could have done a epilogue of the “Team” waking up where they wake up.

    I love these books. Just got my Daughter hooked on the first MHI Book so thanks for writing the books Larry, but thought I would add my two copper to the Ending talk.

  2. Bells and Whistles? Legendary Edition is full of quality regressions. Best Bioware ending will always be MDK2’s easter egg “You just spent $60 for a video game that ended, a long time ago. Fool! Sucker! This message brought to you by Bioware.”

  3. Sticking the landing can actually make a mediocre story better too.

    Don’t know if any of you all played Hellgate: London. The main story was sort of eh, but the twist at the end was done so well that it really changed the way you saw the entire game’s story.

  4. Good episode, and really well done. Just listened to this during a road trip and my 14 year old daughter went on a rant about endings ruining series, citing two of her favorites she gave up on because of it. Was lots of fun.

    Also, I will add I harbor a deep bitterness that Gun Runner won’t get a sequel. I understand the economics, but I’m still bitter.

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