Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Ending

I just finished reading Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.  I could not put it down!  What an awesome book!  Read it!!

It made me wonder about book endings.  I’ve had many conversations about this over the years with other avid readers/writers.  There is the popular notion that some books just ‘have to end’ a certain way, also known as the ‘downer’ ending in my opinion.  I just don’t buy it all the time.  I understand that certain stories and characters must stay ‘true’ and that means that sometimes there MUST be a ‘Debbie Downer’ ending but I have this thing about sad endings…I HATE THEM!!!

My question is this.  As a writer, are you ok with a sad ending?  Keep in mind that I write young adult fiction….

Sad endings can be very powerful…

What do you think?  Is a sad ending sometimes necessary?  Does it give you pause to think that a reader may be crying (out of sadness) when they close your book?

Think about it and KEEP ON WRITING!!!


Just Do It

Going to church.  Exercising.  Writing.  What do they have in common?

Most of us have to kinda make ourselves do these things.  It’s hard to admit to myself that it doesn’t take any self-convincing to find the time to stop for ice cream, shop for a new pair of tennis shoes, or check my email (for the 100th time in an hour); yet, it takes serious dedication to time management to accomplish those things that are priorities in my life.

The good news is that I feel the greatest sense of accomplishment when I stay on task and accomplish those things that are most important.  I have never once said, ‘wow, why did I waste that hour working out?’  I have been known to ‘reward’ a good workout with that dreaded stop for ice cream but at least my priorities were in the right order.

What about you?  Do you ever sacrifice your top priorities for the time to feed one of your vices?  No worries!  We all do!  I guess the question should be HOW OFTEN do you sacrifice those top priorities?  Are you ok with that answer?

Make time to write today!  You’ll be glad you did!