Ever write the ending to a piece before you’ve finished the actual piece?
Endings are usually the hardest for me. I’m pretty good at beginnings. I can write the beginning to any story you give me to write. But how to end it..?
This is mainly because I despise “Happily Ever After” and every derivative thereof. When my stories end, my characters don’t die (usually), freeze into stone statues, becoming murals painted on a wall, or go into an eternal sleep. Their lives go on – you just don’t get to know about the rest. So the end of the book is really just where you as the reader step out of their lives. I try to make the final sentences of each novel or story a bridge where you don’t mind leaving them (even though you may have a burning curiosity as to the rest of their story), and in doing so, I prefer it be realistic. For some reason, they don’t just “come to me” the way beginnings do. So my endings take a lot more time and thought and insight than my beginnings do.
But today, the ending bridge to Emma’s Story just came to me.
And not being a complete and total idiot, I jumped on it.
The ending is now written and I am very pleased with it (this is also something that rarely happens for me).
Now to finish up the middle.
And there went my writer’s high.