Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Writing the end through tears

This post is straight journaling for my benefit. Feel free not to read, but you're welcome to a glimpse inside my day if you want.

Today I figured out the end of my four book series. I was driving to the school to sit in the carpool line when it hit me. Out. Of. Nowhere.
I wasn't even thinking about my story when it hit me hard. And I burst into tears. Sobbing, air gulping, hand over mouth tears. While I am trying to drive. It was so horribly sad and happy, and hopeful all at the same time. It literally ripped  my heart out thinking about the scene playing out in my mind.

It won't mean anything to anyone else right now since I'm currently writing book 2 and lots of stuff still needs to happen, but this would be the song playing with the closing credits (if it were a movie, or if books came with closing credits and theme songs)

Kathy, if you stopped by, does it make sense now? And will you ever forgive me for doing so many unspeakable things to my beloved characters?


  1. I think I understand. When I was pondering over the mutant series I have going I came up to a point in the series that made me cry. Came to determine a character, one of the main ones out of a few, was going to die in that book. Still pains me a little and I haven't even finished editing/rewriting the first books.

  2. Don't you just love when things hit you like that? Listening to a song that inspires that kind of revelation is almost magical. Glad you got it figured out!

  3. Wow you are so lucky.. I have a couple endings being thrown around but if it hit you hard like that it must mean yours is awesome!

  4. Dawn, I wish you'd warned me what a pain writing a series can be. :D Good luck on yours!

    Colene, the funny thing is the song playing simply reminded me of another song and that's the song that gave me the idea. Music is awesome!

    Swimmer, I had a general idea how the story would end for months, but I needed that scene that would tie up loose ends and give that satisfying stick with you kind of ending. I hope it's awesome. I love it, but that doesn't mean everyone else will.

  5. Wow, now that is a burst of inspiration. Good for you! Sounds like it will be an incredible ending. Trust your instincts, I'm sure it will turn out even better than you expect.

  6. Inspiration often strikes like that. The bolt out of the blue! That was how it was with my missing link. I knew broadly what had to happen in the book but who and what could cause the separation. When I saw it in technicolour, driving along in the car one day it was an event in the one before and it grew organically, perfectly.

  7. Oh my goodness, Charity! I know that feeling. I say write as much as you can think of in your notes so you don't lose that feeling of revelation and magic as when the ending came to you. That way you can go back to it after you've written book 2 and book 3.


  8. I get it completely, and that's awesome. When an ending hits you that powerfully you know it's going to be really good! Congrats!


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