Whether traditionally or indie-published, there is no satisfaction to compare to typing “The End” at the conclusion of your story. Granted, if you publish traditionally they will delete “The End”, but even knowing that, I still wrote it at the end of all my stories. There is a satisfaction you shouldn’t give up, the knowledge of writing a complete story.
What would stories be without Once upon a time… and The End? It never gets old to see the words become sentences, the sentences become paragraphs. To see the pages add up until you hit that teary-eyed …and they lived happily-ever-after moment.
As a reader I have to get that moment or I feel cheated. As a writer I must have my teary-eyed moment so I can hope the reader will too.
Now, I write romance and read romance, most of the time. But, I do read other genres so I do realize that they don’t all end happily-ever-after. But, at least leave me with the promise that all things COULD work out. Even if in the writer’s mind they don’t, leave me with a shred to hold on to–a moment of perhaps, a slice of what could be, a portion of thinking it might.
I will admit that at The End of Defend My Love tonight I did get teary-eyed. I put Megan through a lot in this story, so her happily-ever-after had to be — more! And it is the end of the Lake Willowbee series and I’ve grown to love this little town. So much so, that next year I’ll be writing The Single Mommies Club series and it will take place in Lake Willowbee too. I’m not quite ready to leave the place.
Jill James, author of Tempting Adam,
Dare To Trust,
Defend My Love, coming REALLY soon!,
and Dangerous Shift, in eBook and Print