(Yeah, gratuitous picture of Tom Hardy!)
I have only just realised something – sad and scary as it is. I don’t want to finish my Cursed Love story.
Why? Because I have enjoyed it so much, and I don’t want it to end.
I have the same problem with some books I read too. I have two which remain unfinished, and probably always will be, because I don’t want the story to end. It is truly a sign of a good book as far as I am concerned – not that I am saying my book is good or anything – but in both cases, I know what happens – they are both historically based books – but I just don’t want to know how the author has chosen to end it. I want to keep the story alive in my head. Both stories (Michael Korda’s Immortals and Sharon Penmans The Sunne in Splendour) are beautifully written, they tell the story from a different perspective than what you would expect.
Those aren’t the reasons I don’t want my story to end though. I have really enjoyed writing it, and the journey that the story took me on. And the journey that my characters went on too. I learnt a lot about my characters on the way, and some things that I initially had in my characters backgrounds have changed because of the way the story has unfolded.
The story is rough, lots of was etc in it, but that is OK, a couple of times I have edited through it, I have tightened it up, and currently it stands at 40k – not the 60k I imagined, but I really don’t want to pad it out, I love where the story is at, the flow, pace and the storyline, and padding would only drain the readability of it.
I want to finish my story, and I am pleased that I have had a week off it, because I can write it now with an open mind and finish it richly and the way the story deserves.
During July, I intend to try and finish off Cursed Love and the Silkie story too, because August is The End is Nigh over at KiwiWriters. I want to get these two stories edited so I can get them out to my critiquers.