It doesn’t have the ending that I thought it would, to be honest. It caught me by surprise until I was right upon it and realized how things needed to stop. Where I stop recasts the focus, hopefully in a positive way.
I leave out a lot of what happens, but none of the story, if that makes sense.
It’s a story with multiple perspectives, of people reacting to aliens taking over the world. The people get super powers, but they’re tied to inner weaknesses/struggles. It’s a quest to survive, but focus much more on inner struggles. It’s more of a quest for personal survival with a backdrop of apocalypse, if that makes sense.
So the story stops when their inner struggles are resolved, which is before the final fight with the aliens (which I show them as having won, through another character’s eyes). I may come back and write all that at some point, but it will do nothing for the points and themes I was working with so far. It’s action, and exciting things will happen, but this is not a normal story. I’m less worried about that part, and before I consider actually including it, I need to get right everything before it.
In this story, at least, the ending recasts everything. If it is a fight with the aliens as the climax of the book, then it’s a story of surviving the world around them. If it’s overcoming themselves, then it is a story of surviving their own pasts.
What does this odd ending mean for publishing hopes? I don’t really know, or care right now. I need to rework the story, knowing what I know now, and bring forth all this other stuff. If I can balance it well, I may be able to show their final moments, but even that’s just details. Everything is set when they get on the ship to go, and everything is decided. I even paint a picture of the ending (literally) in the first scene.
So, all in all, I give it a B+ for a NaNo effort. It has the building blocks that I need, and I think I can rework it into a decent story.
Final word count, of this version: 194386 words.