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The very last word of your book/series?:

 1 Teraus, Thu, 29th Sep '11 7:40:27 PM from The Origin of Dreams
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I haven't finished my series yet, but I know which word will be the last: "Complete".

It's perfectly adequate for the situation (and it's supposed to be unbelievably, mind-bogglingly epic), but I might change it if it's overused. Is it overused?

edited 29th Sep '11 7:44:09 PM by Teraus

"You cannot judge a system if your judgement is determined by the system."
 2 nrjxll, Thu, 29th Sep '11 7:58:19 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Kind of a strange thing to focus on, isn't it?

I've never even thought of the idea that there are words that could be "overused" as last words of a work - unless one counts The End, which I wouldn't.

For the record, the last word of my comics (longest work I've ever finished), not counting The End, was "dead".

 3 annebeeche, Thu, 29th Sep '11 7:58:47 PM from by the long tidal river
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Hmm, I don't really think about this much.

tell.

- Exile 1.0

Unless the last word happens to describe an important element in the story, like JKR's plan to end Harry Potter with "scar", I really don't think the last word is that significant.

Her plan to end with "scar", by the way, ultimately fell out. It was still part of the last sentence, I believe, but by the final edit the sentence had to change.

edited 29th Sep '11 8:00:47 PM by annebeeche

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 5 chihuahua 0, Thu, 29th Sep '11 8:09:56 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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Let me check my 1st draft of Manifestation Files—

way.

.__.

I would post the full paragraph, but I don't want the criticism. I'm probably going to replace it with something more concrete.

 6 jagillette, Thu, 29th Sep '11 8:29:30 PM from the middle of nowhere
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I haven't really though about the last word, but I spend a lot of time thinking about the first words, both of separate works and of chapters within those works.
 7 Leradny, Thu, 29th Sep '11 8:34:56 PM from Alameda, CA
What purpose does this serve? None of us are published, here. The last word/sentence/paragraph/page is going to change with every draft we write.

 8 nrjxll, Thu, 29th Sep '11 10:34:29 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Indeed. As someone pointed out, even that whole "last word of Harry Potter" thing ended up not being the case.

My comics are actually completed, so at least in my case it's not a prediction, but even there I'm revising enough that it might wind up changing if I ever "publish" them in any way (most likely as a webcomic). And as for other works, I've never even considered what their last words might be.

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In a long work, this may not be a prominent factor, but in short stories and anything with very tight writing, it's worth considering. The last word of each book of The Divine Comedy is "stars, " for instance (to the bane of translators, who are forced into some awkward lines to maintain the rhyme). The last word of Candide is "garden."

edited 29th Sep '11 11:37:58 PM by jewelleddragon

 10 jasonwill 2, Fri, 30th Sep '11 3:02:41 AM from West Virginia
probably will be the name of the chapter or book; i like to do that when possible as my own kind of signature

Kind of a strange thing to focus on, isn't it?

Who knows? my tradition when reading fiction is to read the last sentence of the book FIRST. and then when i read the whole thing front to back it makes a kind of 'click moment' go off, and i can truly feel like the book was completed. best of all, in 98% of cases it doesnt spoil it for me, i think one long sentence did slightly to some minor detail, but i forgot it when i got up to there anyway.
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 11 Major Tom, Fri, 30th Sep '11 4:43:31 AM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
The absolute last word of Book 1 of Endless Conflict: Yet.

The absolute last word of the entire series: equals.
Endless Conflict: Every war ends in time, even supposedly this one.
 12 Teraus, Fri, 30th Sep '11 6:52:41 AM from The Origin of Dreams
Awesome Lightning Mantra
[up]Does that have something to do with Not So Different?

Unless the last word happens to describe an important element in the story, like JKR's plan to end Harry Potter with "scar", I really don't think the last word is that significant.

Her plan to end with "scar", by the way, ultimately fell out. It was still part of the last sentence, I believe, but by the final edit the sentence had to change.

Yeah, I know that, too. I guess she had some influence in this aspect of my writing.

I know it's probably going to change, it's just something I like to think about. I find it strange that editors would try to change the last sentence I'm planning, considering I don't find anything wrong with it.

Edit: By the way, the very last words of my first and second books (it's a trilogy), respectively, are "definitely" and "effort".

edited 30th Sep '11 6:56:53 AM by Teraus

"You cannot judge a system if your judgement is determined by the system."
 13 annebeeche, Fri, 30th Sep '11 8:59:07 AM from by the long tidal river
watching down on us
No, I'm pretty sure she was the one who changed the sentence. Maybe trying to end with "scar" would be too awkward with the final piece at that stage.

I say "final edit" in the same way one says "final cut" of a film.
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I don't know about series, but the last two words of my Always a Hero are "Worth It." The last word of Lit's Green Earth is "began, " which is making me wonder if we have a trope yet for when endings are referred to as beginnings are vice versa.
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 16 chihuahua 0, Fri, 30th Sep '11 3:56:54 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
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[up] As in "we were..." or "and then we..."?

 17 Major Tom, Fri, 30th Sep '11 5:22:03 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
Does that have something to do with Not So Different?

You could say that...

The reality however is a tad different than that trope. The whole part at the end of the series is far too spoilerrific for me to ever reveal the barest of details until pretty much shortly before I put it down to text.

edited 30th Sep '11 5:23:10 PM by MajorTom

Endless Conflict: Every war ends in time, even supposedly this one.
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"management" is the last word in Book one, but I'm pretty sure "Goddammit" is gonna be the last word in the whole series.
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 20 d Roy, Sat, 1st Oct '11 12:57:25 AM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
asshole."

 21 Teraus, Sat, 1st Oct '11 6:56:54 AM from The Origin of Dreams
Awesome Lightning Mantra
Wow. Lots of happy stories.
"You cannot judge a system if your judgement is determined by the system."
 22 d Roy, Sat, 1st Oct '11 7:22:08 AM Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
[up] Well, mine isn't negative. This is the full sentence:

"Oh right, team! We are going to have a big surprise party for that asshole."

edited 1st Oct '11 7:22:33 AM by dRoy

 23 Teraus, Sat, 1st Oct '11 12:09:27 PM from The Origin of Dreams
Awesome Lightning Mantra
[up] A betrayal or something?
"You cannot judge a system if your judgement is determined by the system."
 24 nrjxll, Sat, 1st Oct '11 12:16:43 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[up][up][up]There do seem to be a lot of these that sound somewhat grim. "Dead" in my case, at least, wasn't nearly as grim in context - It followed a long "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue to confirm that this time, the extremely hard-to-kill Big Bad was, indeed, Killed Off for Real.

 25 chihuahua 0, Sat, 1st Oct '11 12:19:12 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Currently, the last word of my series is probably going to be "smile". Of course, that would change, but considering that it's in the first sentence...

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