Searching for the Elusive Ending

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

Still not quite there. Still haven’t quite found those two important words to every writer. Maybe to any person with a job to do or a task to complete. The End. I need to be able to say I ended some housecleaning chores. But right now all I can say is it will have to wait until July. You know I think I should take July off, because there is no way I can ever get everything done I have said I am going to do in July. Now I’ve got two rooms and woodwork to paint. But right, you got it. Not until July. Then you think it will be too hot to paint? My daughter, sweet child that she is, says she could come home and help me, but she’s busy redoing her own house. They have one of those beautiful old houses that you can really get deep into remodeling. They’ve done a lot of it already and it looks great. My new room looks great too, but the other rooms cry out for paint. Right. July.

Anyway I stayed home from Bible study to try to find those elusive two words and so I’m getting ready to go do some more hunting for the right words in my head to get there. And to inspire me and maybe you, I looked up some “end” quotes. They weren’t exactly what I had in mind, but I love this first one from Oscar Wilde. It’s talking about romance, I’m sure, but you know, I think it fits writers. When that story that has you totally in its grip ends, the weak writer might cry every time he or she gets that turn down. Ah, but the efficient one will find a new story to take off with, and the wise writer will already be thinking up that new idea before she writes “The End.”

When a love comes to an end, weaklings cry, efficient ones instantly find another love, and the wise already have one in reserve. … Oscar Wilde

And I just love almost any bit of wisdom Mark Twain comes up with. He has such a tongue-in-cheek way of thinking. Plus his quotes alway have that germ of truth that really gets his point across.

Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired. …Mark Twain

Here’s another good one for writers. We need to have the thread of our story from the beginning to the end. I’m not one of those writers who knows the ending at the beginning, but I do hope that my endings fit my beginnings.

If you want to know the end, look at the beginning. …African Proverb

And here’s another great quote a writer can take to heart. Write the books you love. Enjoy the writing journey. Finish your moments and live your hours in your stories and in your life.

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. …Ralph Waldo Emerson

How about this one? What do you think about it? Does this just fit for an artist? One thing sure just because I write the end doesn’t mean I’m finished with this story. I need about two months to go back over it and make it better. But right now I’ll settle for two weeks to at least begin to polish the story.

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow, the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture. …Pablo Picasso

There’s a review of The Believer in Publisher’s Weekly. Not great, but not bad. They liked most of my characters while disdaining my bad guy. But you won’t have any doubt he’s the bad guy if you decide to read the book. I’m looking forward to the book being out. And as soon as I find those two little necessary words I’m searching for in this new book, I’ll do a newsletter (You can sign up for the newsletter from my website, and let you in on some chances to win an autographed copy of The Believer. The title of the new book that will be out in 2010 is The Seeker.

2010! Wow! That sounds futuristic. Guess it is. At least in the future.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. I’m supposed to babysit the twin baby boys on Friday. That’ll keep me moving. They’re crawling all over now.