Happy Wednesday, everyone! If Thursday is considered "Friday eve" then it is almost Friday. I love Friday, don't you? See post here as to especially why I love Fridays. Hope everyone is having a good week. Thanks for joining me on this Walsh Wednesday.
Today I am talking about endings. That's right as in "the end." Writing a book is a process, a long and arduous process that is extremely challenging but also well worth the reward. That reward is watching characters that have ruminated in my head live on paper or in the case of Becoming Mrs. Walsh the screen of your e-reader. What's even better is sharing these characters with you. I love hearing what you have to say about the book, it never gets old. I love talking about the Walsh family every chance I get. Reader feedback, thoughts, and comments have inspired this first Walsh Wednesday post.
Endings. The ending of this book. So much to say without saying much because I don't want to ruin it for anyone currently reading or thinking of reading the book. However, I think endings are an important part of any fiction work if not more important than the rest of the book. How many times do you finish a book and wish that there was more? Or felt the ending was abrupt? Or maybe that the ending wasn't fitting of the story?
To me an ending is one that needs to make sense for the characters. I can't look at a novel in terms of beginning, middle, and end. For me it is a look into the lives of the Walsh family. From page one you enter Walsh world through the eyes of Shoshana. Once immersed in that world, you are reading about other people and their lives and their choices. Rather than tie up a story, I look at it as the progression that each character has made and the steps that the individual character has to take next. Doing it that way pretty much ensures the ending is messy but life is messy. We can't just wrap everything up in a pretty package, though it would be nice! I want my characters to feel real and embrace the notion that no one is perfect and stuff happens.
The ending of a story reminds me of a sweet dessert. Sometimes you crave that little bit of sweet after a meal and you are satisfied once you have it. Sometimes too much of it and it is no longer appealing. And sometimes in an effort not to overindulge you have too little and crave more. Endings can be tricky but as the saying goes "All good things must come to an end," and somewhere at some point the story has to end, the series has to end and the chapter is officially closed. The characters will live on but where they go next is up to the reader.
Thanks for reading this edition of "WW" and hope to see you again next week.
Have a great night!
Becoming Mrs. Walsh I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Xo.