Pitch black dominates the room. Five thirty in the morning. You have one more chapter to write.
“I thought you were getting back into your schedule,” someone says.
In a teenager’s groan of just ten more minutes, you roll over. The early mornings and the last chapter of your manuscript present a challenge whether you’re nervous about editing, or you believe you are saying goodbye.
Excitement races when we write the first chapter or the first scene of our stories. We are ready to escape with our characters. What about when you reach the end?
Remember when you began writing. Maybe you were in the third grade like me, or perhaps you began more recently. You imagined you’d write an ending to your manuscript, but you did not think it would come so soon.
Earlier this year, I met author, Joshilyn Jackson. As I wrote in a previous post, Jackson says, “Each book is like a boyfriend or girlfriend. When you are finished, you break up with them.” The break is clean and you feel good about the work you’ve done.
I find myself dragging my feet. Right now, I am writing two endings for different projects. Do you find yourself dragging your feet?
It is natural to feel scared or nervous when you approach the next stage of anything. The fun has not ended. Think of editing as getting to know your characters, plot, and words again. You dig deeper.
You research the best ways to edit.
If the prospect of editing is not the problem, maybe you do not want to say goodbye.
A great manuscript will go a long way if you put the faith, work and research into it. Seminsonic’s song lyric says, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
What is the beginning at your book’s ending?
By Rebecca T. Dickinson