Well . . . Here we go. Today I’m going to start hyping and posting about Legends of Windemere: Warlord of the Forgotten Age. This is the grand finale of my fantasy series and that has me thinking about endings. A necessary part of any story, but it can be one of the hardest parts too. Most times, it comes down to one infamous word:
Not only for the characters and readers, but for the author. In fact, it’s much worse for the author because they have to create closure for all parties involved. The characters are the ease ones to appease while the readers can be more complicated because many create their own endings. Nothing you can do about it outside of doing the best you can and making sure you don’t leave hundreds of plot holes. Personally, I’ve come to terms with that fact and feel like I’ve brought my characters to their natural conclusions. That leaves me with only one twitchy, rum and pizza fueled basket case.
I always thought this would be an easy stage and I’d be distracted by a new project. Things change after 19 years of waking up every day with the same characters in your head. Even during the 10 years I wasn’t writing new books, I was thinking about them and poring over the outlines. If not that then I’d edit one of the written books. Either way, Legends of Windemere has been a part of me for over half of my life. As you can guess, this makes it much harder to let go and I’m wondering why I thought otherwise. Youthful optimism, which is hard to associate with me these days.
Can’t say I’ll feel full closure until maybe a few months pass, but it could depend a lot on what happens next. Not sure about other authors since I’ve yet to meet any that have done a series as big as mine. Jury is still out on if I’m ambitious or insane since massive series haven’t been a trend for a while. One thing I’ve done is plan on having the survivors make cameos in future stories. I guess I’m not really giving myself closure, especially since I’m not leaving Windemere. My next series takes place in an earlier time than Legends of Windemere, but I can still use the same species, magic system, and maybe hint at a few ‘future’ heroes and villains. The door is being left ajar for myself and readers who want to visit again, which might be delaying the inevitable.
So, what do other people think about endings when it comes to stories? Do you have trouble letting go or is it easy to move on to the next adventure?