The End.

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.

12 comments for “The End.

  1. June 25, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Hey, look at it this way; now you’ve got an awesome new challenge for yourself! Although I have to say I’m right there with you when it comes to the parts of the story that are easiest to write. Beginnings are no problem for me, but I have to push myself to write a good ending.

  2. June 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I’m the total opposite. I do great with endings, but getting started blows my mind.

  3. Nicole
    June 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I like a good ending. Oh, not the “‘happily ever after” like you mentioned, but a real ending. Although I crave knowing “what happens” next when it’s a good book, I can respect and appreciate when the author finds or has closure with the character even if it’s not what I want 😉

  4. June 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I would think having the ending in mind would help flesh out the rest of the story.

    • June 24, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Well I always know the general ending so that the rest of the story can work toward . but writing the details of the actual ending is the part that’s difficult for me.

      • June 24, 2014 at 6:22 pm

        I could see where the details would be difficult. But you could always rework the ending to suit the developments.

        • June 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

          I’m probably just not doing a good job of communicating what I mean. 🙂

          • June 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

            I’m sorry, maybe I just haven’t understood.

          • June 25, 2014 at 9:31 am

            No big deal 🙂

  5. June 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    The end kills me. I like things to be neat, tidy, wrapped up in a bow… Or are least end with a nice one liner… I can do the beginning and middle. It’s the end that gets me.

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