The Washington Monument, a 555’ 5-1/8” tall symbol of man’s ability to push massive stone objects skyward, was suggested in 1783 as a tribute to General George Washington for his service in the American Revolution. This massive obelisk was built totally without modern equipment, an amazing feat in and of itself.
Construction didn’t actually begin until 1848, sixty-one years after Congress originally proposed a statue to honor our first president. Work began to slow in 1854, then came to a halt due to lack of funds, political no, no’s…(Aren’t we all glad that’s a thing of the past? Excuse me a moment while I choke on those words…Hmm…Thank you)…and other minor annoyances such as the Civil War.
Work resumed in 1876 and the project was completed in 1884. If you look at the structure you will notice a difference in color. This was due to the marble being taken from a different quarry when construction resumed.
The top was capped with a pyramid-shaped piece of aluminum which at the time was a rare metal and very expensive. (Incidentally, aluminum does not appear naturally. It is refined through a lengthy process from a mineral-rich rock called bauxite.)
The capstone is the main focus in this post. Just as it becomes the “crowning glory,” if you will, signifying a fitting end to a deserving memorial, it is imperative that you give the same attention as you bring your manuscript to completion.
Have you ever read a novel written so well written that you actually felt a part of the story, only to reach the end and wonder if the novelist became lazy or just forgot how to write, the ending being so lack luster?
If you are going to write, pen your absolute best work throughout and raise the bar on the ending. Remember, the first chapter sells the first book and the last chapter sells the next. I don’t know who first uttered this wise phrase, only that it wasn’t me.