“And these mistakes you’ve made, you’ll just make them again / If you’d only try turning around”

Ah, that part of the writing process where I look at the half dozen or so denoument-y scenes at the end of the draft and try to figure out how to compress them into a single winding down of action.

Complicated by the fact that this book actually does want a bit of “action after the action.” (ponder ponder ponder) (restructure restructure restructure) (cut cut cut)


Dear Secondary Character Who Has Changed Everything But Her Name and Attitude Since the First Draft,

To the very end, you refuse to be entirely kind or likable.

And in so doing, you make us like you.

Well played. Well played.



View earlier character conversations here.

Janni Lee Simner

About Janni Lee Simner

Janni Lee Simner is the author of the post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy and the contemporary fantasy Thief Eyes, as well as four books for younger children, more than 30 short stories, and the script for the video game The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse. Check out her Writing Life Series for practical tools to hone your writing craft and unlock your creative power or join her email list for ongoing updates here.
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