The End of the Story

Meg Dowell Writes

I never realized, before now, how easy it is to start writing a book and forget that at some point you are actually going to have to finish writing it.

Of course we all know that books have beginnings, middles, and ends. Of course we know all our stories eventually have to conclude. But often when we jump on an idea for a story we don’t necessarily always know the ending. We know certain parts of it or maybe even just one key event that fits somewhere in the narrative, though we might not even be sure where.

All stories must end. But not all writers enjoy the whole road to the ending.

Toward the home stretch, writing begins to feel like a race to the conclusion of a very long jog. You just want to get it done. You crave that sense of relief, that moment of, “I temporarily…

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