Most people who have visited my blog will have noticed that I have one of my books advertised over in yonder sidebar. This particular book is the first of three, and it is the series that I have fallen in love with the most. The world, the characters, everything. More than any other cast I’ve created, this is the one that I have experienced the most joy writing. Tears have been shed, laughter was had, and overall this world and everyone in it has given me an experience I don’t think I can ever recreate.
And now I’m coming to terms with the fact that very soon I will be saying goodbye to it forever.
Book one has been published for a while now, book two is complete and in the editing stages, and book three is all planned out and being written whenever I have the time. Plotting it was very difficult. It’s the last book, so I need to make sure that it has an ending worthy of the reputation it has created.
But with the planning came a certain feeling of emptiness. Now that I know how everything ends, there’s no more mystery, no more great unknown. I know exactly how everything is going to end, and after that there is nothing. Once “The end” is written, I walk away from this series for good. That in itself was a fight. I wanted to write more because I didn’t want to say goodbye, but I knew that more books would probably come at the expense of the quality of writing, and I couldn’t do that.
For some, the end of an adventure is the most satisfying part. You had fun, now you get to sit down and relax and remember all the fun you had. But for others, the adventure itself is the best. You don’t yet know how it will end, and despite all the hardships you’re having a blast. The peaceful life just isn’t for you; you’d rather be in the middle of the action forever.
This will be the first time I’ve completed a series. Other series are in the works and I’ve finished standalone books, but this will be the first time I’ve come to an end of something I’ve felt to be truly amazing. And while I will be happy to have completed such a thing, I can’t shake the sadness that comes with saying goodbye. I’ve always been a fan of ‘see you later’ instead.
Whether you’re a writer or a reader, what’s your favorite part? Does it sadden you to come to the end of a great story? Or do you feel it’s an appropriate end to a great adventure?