“I learned a lot on that road trip with her. But it wasn’t until the last leg of our trip that I was ready to acknowledge the greatest lesson Amelie, and our time together, taught me— which was namely that sometimes in life, things don’t work out quite the way you planned. But that doesn’t make the experience of having lived them any less beautiful.” —Britney King, Anywhere With You
I’ve been dragging my feet over the past week on writing the epilogue for Anywhere With You. As a reader, it’s isn’t uncommon that I get (unnecessarily?) attached to completely fictional characters. But as a writer it takes the
obsession situation to a whole ‘nother level.
I should’ve known. I’m not a fan of goodbyes in the real world— so I’m not sure what hope that leaves for the make believe one…
Mostly, it’s tough having spent so much time with these character’s walking around in my head. I mean— I have loved them—I have hated them—basically, the’ve caused me to feel every emotion under the sun… And somewhere along the way it’s almost as though they become little pieces of you. I don’t know…sort of like really good friends. 😉
It’s hard to explain and it sounds crazy—but it is what it is.
In fact, come to think of it—this is probably why readers comment on my endings in my reviews. The truth is…I’m not that good at them.
Readers often equate my endings to cliffhangers, and while there have been a few—it’s mostly just that in my mind unless a character dies— then, you know… life goes on. And for me, endings are never really that clear-cut.
Where does a story actually end?
But I also understand that my readership is comprised mainly of women—and women need…closure. I get it. 😉
So, this weekend I plan to sit down and complete the kind of ending (epilogue) I
think hope readers want.
It should be interesting. 🙂
P.S. This normally would be where I tell you about my next project—which I’d really like to do. It’s how I get over the last. 🙂 But then, I realized it wouldn’t be fair to this one… So, I guess next week will do.
P.S.S. Have you heard Adele’s new, no doubt certain hit? It’s very Anywhere With You(ish). I like it…