Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Instead of working on my story, I rewrote my blogger profile, uploaded a painting of Remedios Varo on the sidebar and writing this post …

A few days ago, I wrote about feeling adrift because I got stuck at one of my story. Afterwards, I realized that it was only half the truth. I did get stuck because I was figuring out a plot turn. But the real reason was … I dreaded to write the end of the story and I still am.

To approach the ending means to tie up all the loose ends. And there are things in the story that I don’t quite know how to resolve (yet). But then I also know that I could spend eons researching for the best solutions to both writing mechanics and the sixty millions ways to bury a man alive!

No matter how imperfect or absurd it is, I need to finish the story. Then put it aside, start a new project, come back to this one in a few weeks’ time and start rewriting & editing.

O.K. Am I ready to write the ending now? Noooooooooo!!!


amanda said...

Good Luck!!! I am so terrible at finding endings for stories. i find myself starting new ones and never finishing the old ones.

I hope you have more luck!

sophie said...

Oh I hate this point in writing a story!!

Take a deep breath, have a cup of tea (or a shot of some kind of alcohol) and just go for it! Good luck.

laughingwolf said...

it's EASY, j... sit in a quiet room and ask your characters what THEY would do... problem solved :D

Hybrid J said...

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for the good wishes and let me know that I'm not alone in this "finishing" business! :)

Hybrid J said...

Hey Sophie,

It's been awhile and thanks for the good wishes! Yeap, am diving in ... ;)

Hybrid J said...

Now to the wolf who laughs,

That's the problem - they're not talking to me or (maybe) I've not been listening. Alright I'm going to lock myself in a room until it's finished. "To Be or Not To Be." ;)

thezeninyou said...

The angst of the ending.... Good luck! I can't imagine how that must feel. I think I would have a hard time saying goodbye too.

Hybrid J said...

Hi Caroline,

Thanks for the good wishes and the "zen" to ground me in finishing the writing. I need all the help I can get ... :)