In Search of an Ending

I started on my first novel a little more than a decade ago, in part to deal with my gloom at returning to the UK as winter approached after a 12-year working holiday in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Three novels later, I’ve learned at least two things:

  1. ‘Writing’ a novel consists mainly of re-writing
  2. ‘Finished’ is a word to avoid, if at all possible.

After many joyful, utterly unfounded ‘Finished!’s, I finally understand the alluring power of this deceptively simple word. However… Barring 3am realisations of plot discrepancies and the like, my most-recently-worked-on novel Ghosts of Chechnya is fast approaching that state of being – dare I utter the word? – ‘Finished’.

2 thoughts on “In Search of an Ending

  1. This made me laugh – but with you, not at you 🙂 I remember the first time I was silly enough to answer the question “How’s the book coming?” with that dreaded word. Hah!

  2. Haha, I do love that illusion of being done though (says the guy whose been editing for 2 years after he “finished” his first WIP) I like to throw myself a party every time the book feels like it’s finally done… for the moment. 🙂 Speaking of which its about time for another of those celebrations…

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