I don’t type ‘The End’ when I finish a book these days. I did once—when I finished the first draft of Roses. Since then I have made a deliberate decision to leave the door open’at the end of every book in case I want to write a sequel. I can’t type The End if there’s no definite end, right?
It’s not the only reason. I also don’t type them because I don’t like it when a story ends. What I mean is I don’t like saying goodbye to the characters, even if it’s only for the ‘pause’ between the current story and the next. Finding resolution for the characters in the story is one of the most satisfying things about writing, but there’s a lot of grief mixed up in it, too.
I’ve written about this before, and the reason why I’m revisiting this topic is that last weekend I finished the first draft of another book. As always, I shed a few tears at saying goodbye to the characters and leaving them to their satisfying conclusion to their story. It’s a hard thing to do; especially as for these characters I have no plans to revisit them anytime soon. The book I have finished will be the third—and at this point, final—book of the New London books. There is still an opening to revisit the characters if I feel the urge, but no plans.
So that’s another one done. What’s next? I have another manuscript crying out to be edited and released, and a choice of story ideas for writing more books. It’s been a struggle to have a couple of projects on the go all the time, so I’m going to slow it down for a while.
Editing first. Until I decide on my next project.
Unless that muse kicks in and I can’t resist…
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