Writing those final scenes before the end of a manuscript is one of the most exciting parts of writing a novel. Everything needs to be solved, loose ends must be wrapped up, and of course the satisfaction of a happy ending gives such a nice euphoric feeling.
This week I got to the end of the manuscript I was working on, hence this post. And I thought I’d share the fact that I never actually type the words The End when I finish.
Why not you ask, it’s two more words to add to your word count?
True, but for me, getting to the end is never the actual end. Coming close to my expected word count, I know the end hasn’t really been reached. It’s editing time. A time I love. The story has been written, and now it gets to be polished, made into something that I can actually allow others to read. And even after the book is bound and sold, that’s never the end either. Books can go into second and third editions, begin selling overseas, they can go from print books into self-published ebooks, etc. A hundred years from now, when a copyright ends on a book, it can be reopened and retold. A book’s life is endless.
And isn’t that just like life? We never truly get to the end. There’s always more. An afterlife, a legacy left behind, love that will never die.
So today, I’d like to ask God to bless you on your writing journey, on your journey through this life, and cheers to never writing The End, because there truly is no such thing.
Eva Maria HamiltonAuthor of Highland Hearts - Love Inspired Historical- Harlequin