Thursday, September 5, 2013

What does "THE END" actually mean?

I like to flip the ms. page over when I'm revising.
Yesterday, I typed The End for my most recent work in progress, Where I am Born.  

What does THE END mean?

First, I am not finished.  It is not the end for me.  I will need to edit and revise and proofread a few more rounds.  

Second, I know that no matter how many times I revisit a sentence or paragraph, it will never be as perfect as I want it to be, and third, as happy as I am with the ending of the novel, I know that not everyone will approve.  

We all want different outcomes in endings.  Some readers want less and others want more.  It's always a close call,
Just a few of the drafts; most were recycled.
deciding how much to share.  This is the part of the novel where I have to trust myself the most.  I always feel like it's "pick an ending."  Do you want sappy sweet?  No, of course not.  Do you want tragic?  Not really?  But, then I dig and wait and think and see what emerges from the swamp into the light.  This week, I found my ending.  I'm quite in love with it.  I hope that you will be too.  

I hope hope hope that Where I Am Born will be available some time next year.  We'll see.  I'll be sure to let you know!  Thanks for your continued love and support on this journey.  XO  

*And thank you to David Pandolfe for guest blogging on Independent Publishing.  If you missed his post yesterday, it's just below this post.  ...And if you are interested in guest blogging on a Wednesday, shoot me an email:

1 comment:

  1. In my terms the end means a temporary stop to the work and that a new chapter or story of the phase begins after this. Although you have also got strong points on this,