Word Ninjas Live 119: When to Tie Up Loose Ends and Close Curtains

Welcome to episode 119 of Word Ninjas Live! This week we’re discussing just how to finish up a novel, tie up loose ends, and close the curtains. Also, some news highlights, productivity updates, and more!

Weekly Conversation Topics:
Each week we bring various discussion topics, what if scenarios, and creative concepts that have arisen over the last week to rant/ramble/bring about.

Topic: How to finish your novel. Tying up loose ends and bringing it all to a close without pissing off your readers.
Topic Leader: Will


I brought up this topic because I just recently, and technically am still in the process of, writing the last chapter for “My Roommate’s A Stripper!?”. It’s been oddly surreal, given how long I’ve been working on this, so mostly I think I’ll just list what’s going on through my mind. Have I tied up all the loose ends I intend to? Have I come full circle and gotten to the ending I desire in a timely, well paced manner? Will the readers be satisfied with this ending? I always thought the beginning was the toughest part to write, but now I see the ending can be just as challenging.


  • Is the story told in a way you enjoy?
  • Are there any loose ends to address – either now or in a followup piece?
  • Why did you start your story in the first place? What sparked your muse originally?
  • Have you accomplished what you set out to do?
  • My perspective of the literary process tends to be: outline/drafting; editing/proofing; submission/publication; promotion/engagement. At this point you should be done with the first stage of the process, and hopefully done with the editing/proofing stage. The second stage can include beta readers to ensure your story conveys what you want it to.

Highlights Reel:

News / Articles:



Productivity & Inspiration Station:
Discuss any personal highlights and inspirations you wish to share.


  • Survived an interview. Am still pushing along on Operation: New Adventure
  • Going through a purge on obsolete stuff, things, and whatnots as 2016 looms


  • Finally finished the rough draft of the last chapter of “My Roommate’s A Stripper!?”
  • That’s pretty much it. All my focus has been put into this lately.
  • And Hyrule Warriors. That game is addictive…


  • 30K for NaNo


  • Not road ready yet *sadface*
  • Ok, enough of that… New non IL music completed
  • Played around with an idea in Adobe Illustrator
  • Migrated job emails to Gmail, process and migration wasn’t anywhere near a complete clusterfuck!


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