Jennifer talks about the relief of typing “The End”...
One of the most exciting things about writing your story is getting to “The End.” It means you’ve actually completed your goal. No one ever says, “I’m going to write part of a story that has been clunking around in my head.” Those of us who want or need to write, want to write the entire thing.
But sometimes, things prevent us from reaching our goal. Whether it’s dissatisfaction with what we’ve put on the page, an inability to get what’s in our head onto the page, difficulty in working through the challenges that occur while writing, or just real life getting in the way, reaching “The End” is never easy.
So when we finally get there, it’s a huge relief!
But then the real work starts. I’m not saying writing the story was a piece of cake. It wasn’t. To quote Paula, sometimes it’s like “carving granite with a spoon.” However, once it’s written, it needs to be revised, usually many times.
Revisions mean changes, sometime significant ones, which could be different from how you originally imagined your story to be. Revisions mean listening to other people, who aren’t emotionally invested in the creation of your story, or order to make it the best story it can be. Revisions mean cutting out parts that seem crucial to the writer, but drag the plot down.
Revisions are hard.
So when you get to that last page and you type “The End,” take a deep breath and give yourself a huge pat on the back—call your friends, get someone to take you to dinner, make your kids do extra chores in celebration—it’s a HUGE accomplishment. Let the manuscript sit for a little while and give your brain a break. But then, go back to it, start at the beginning, and revise it.
“The End” isn’t the end until you can’t make it better.