Recently, I have been working on a three book series that has taken, even me, the author, on a journey I never expected. As I plodded through the outlining of the first book, I found it difficult to decide which pieces to include and which pieces were not significant enough to matter.
As I began plotting out the second book, of which many of the Fractured Friday blog postings chapter summaries are a part, it became even more difficult to decide which pieces to include and exactly how to include them.
And now, I am beginning the process of outlining the third book. This has caused some significant delays in exactly how this story is going to end. At the moment, I don't have the answer. It hasn't come to me...yet.
I have tried some different endings, but they never seem to be quite right. Perhaps, because I have not experienced the ending myself; perhaps I never will. But, the story is already out there. Over a 1,000 of you following closely, wondering what is going to happen next and when will the books be available in the market?
Sometimes, as I am writing, I wonder if it is because of my own close relationship with the characters in the book, I don't know how to end it. It's like saying good-bye to some very near and dear friends, never knowing if they will return.
Being the author of any story is great, you get decide the fate and fortune of every character in every situation. Real life isn't like that. You don't get to decide every minor detail. You can only make the decisions from your perspective resulting in the alteration of your own fate or fortune. The blessing in all of it is: "At any given moment you have the power to say, "This is not how the story is going to end."