Before I start writing any novel, I always have a good general idea of the ending. I don’t know exactly how I will get there (which is half the fun), and I always meet with surprise upon surprise, but I generally come to the conclusion that isn’t far from what I originally planned, but it’s more embellished, more complicated. If I am writing correctly, then all the ends tie together.
But then I wrote AN INCIDENT IN THE FAMILY. It was an odd duck ...
... because it presented a beginning situation and I had no idea how it would resolve itself.
After I finished the novel, I said, "Now Evelyn, what have you written?" And what I discovered was enlightening.
I wrote the novel from Tamma’s point of view (POV). But, my favorite character, by far, was Rachel. No one could touch her. She outran everyone for sheer fascination. When I came to the end of the novel, Rachel showed up like the cavalry ...
... and I saw that it was her novel. The character Tamma drove the plot forward in her search for answers and a happy life - she was not the main character. Rachel was.
Read the novel for yourself. You'll see how it worked.