I was sobbing, reaching for the tissues, blowing my nose loudly and making whimpering noises as I wrote the end of my novel.
After wiping my eyes I quickly nipped onto a Writer’s Facebook group and posed the question – am I the only one who feels like an emotional wreck after writing the end of a story? It seems I am not alone.
Here are some reasons why you might find yourself lying on the floor sobbing your heart out, after writing the final chapter of your story:
- As a writer you live through the eyes of your character so by the end of a good story you both will have been through the literary mill – it is no surprise that you are feeling a bit wobbly.
- If your character ends up in a happier place at the end of your story it can tug at the old heart-strings and you might find that lump rising at the back of your throat.
- You and your character have got to know each other during the drafting process. You like them and they like you. Basically you have started an imaginary friendship in your head and writing the end of the story can feel like your friendship is breaking up. You know that people change, move on with their lives and the same applies to fictional characters.
- You worry that things will never feel the same way again.
- You are worried about change. Starting something new.
Here are some tips on surviving this testing time:
- It is not goodbye. You will still see them again during the re-writing and editing process.
- Let it out. Do what I did and cry it out. I felt a lot better afterwards.
- Share the experience. Start a Facebook conversation or blog about it. I shared my pain with others and once I read that there were other writers out there weeping buckets after writing the end of their stories I felt a lot better.
- Gratitude. Be grateful that you have experienced something wonderful with your character. Not many people get to have a special friendship with someone who doesn’t exist! Sigh!
- Think of the reader. If you are getting emotional during the final scenes than your reader might experience the same feelings too. I am hoping the readers of Roxy will be blinking away some tears…sigh!
- Positive. Think positive – you will start something new again and you will connect on the same level with another character again. Time is a great healer.
Please share your thoughts with me on this important subject – are you currently blubbering whilst writing the end of your draft?
For noting: you can write the end of some novels and feel completely different. Take for example my first bad novel, I hated the thing from start to finish and by the end I was planning a ‘farewell celebration!’ which included a bonfire in my back garden…sigh!
Have a fab day!
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