“When she tells me her story, she doesn’t stop at the end of the chapter. She doesn’t stop on the last page of the chapter; she stops three pages before the end of the chapter. It’s terrible!”
This is what my friend Matt said on the way back from a soccer game. To be honest, I don’t remember what we were talking about. Matt and I have known each other for almost a year now. He is a wonderful listener and I have appreciated his ear on multiple occasions. He was explaining this about me to Lisa–another soccer team member who had moved in two months ago.
What caught me first was how poetically beautiful this statement was and how it revolved around books and writing (Matt knows this about me–he also happens to read my blogs!). Then, I realized what he was saying.
Do I really stop 3 pages before the end of the chapter? Do I really not go fully into detail? Not finish my story? What am I afraid of?
But really, it reminded me of my Creative Writing Level 2 midterm I wrote back in high school, “Unwritten and Complete”. This song really is my mantra. I am an author, not only of fantasy and poetry, but also of life.
Maybe the reason I don’t end the chapter for Matt is maybe because I’m not ready to end it. Maybe it’s just unfinished and unwritten. Maybe I’m giving others an opportunity to become a shadow writer in My Fairy Tale!