Save your Best for Last?

April 3, 2013 at 1:01 pm

This is an old saying, but does it apply to a novel or any sort of writing?

Certainly the climax of a novel is often my favourite part, as I experience the terror of what my protagonists are going through and what they have to defeat in order to achieve their goal, so what comes last is clearly important. But should we save our best for last? Should we save our best at all, or should it be something that permeates the entire book?

And this isn’t true just of writing. It strikes me how wrong this phrase can be. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to ‘save’ our best at all, but to apply it to as much as we can as often as possible. And added advantage is that, the more we use it, the better it will get.