That last chapter – the end is just another beginning

This year I have been writing a novel and as I happily shared with you all last week, the novel is finished!

“The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” – Ernest Hemingway

Writing that second last chapter was kind of intimidating. I knew where I wanted the story to go as an ending but actually getting the words out was a mix of freightening and exciting. I wasn’t expecting to feel so nervous about the last chapter and I was very surprised by it. Chapter one, as some of you may recall, provided me with a challenge pretty much all the way through this writing journey and I had kind of expected it would, but not the last chapters.

I thought with the last couple chapters everything had been laid out and lead up to this point. So, I figured that it would just flow but my emotions and fears about writing a novel all lead up to this point to and now here I was standing on the edge of finished. All I could think was WOW!

How did I get through those feelings and get words on paper? Honestly, I had to take a couple minutes to explore those feeling that came up. I also had to acknowledge that I had been successful with my writing goals this year. I also needed to remind myself that even thought the story was about to finish the journey with it wasn’t over. It wasn’t a goodbye. In fact, it was/is really just a new beginning.

“Finish your novel because you learn more that way then any other.” – James Scott Bell, The Art of War for Writers

Shari Marshall – 2021