This past weekend I finished writing the first draft of the fourth book in my wedding planner series.
Cue the marching band, and the choir of angels, and the fireworks.
Because it was (and is) a big accomplishment. Every idea that is turned into words then sentences, then paragraphs, then scenes, then chapters, and finally stories is a big deal.
For me, when I’m writing a story, the characters become a part of me and they want their stories resolved and their endings written. It becomes a mission for me to complete the book so that my ideas find a home and I can then move on to the next characters and their evolution.
Good stories are about evolving the characters – emotionally, mentally, whatever they need to grow and become the people, we the readers (and writers) want them to be.
Ultimately, when I type THE END, I actually want it to be the jumping off point for the rest of my characters’ lives because we’ve become that invested in them.