Yesterday I finished the first draft of my new novel and while it felt great, there was something hinky with the ending.
After spending some time watching Trashy T.V. to give my brain a rest, I rethought the ending and decided to rewrite it in the male lead’s point of view.
Of course, rewriting fiction is easy. All you need is the delete key, but in life it isn’t so easy to rewrite the ending. Or is it?
Last week I shared with you how I decided not to let a failed relationship determine my future. I made a choice. To be happy, to appreciate what I learned from that relationship, to be in the moment with my family and not living in the past of ‘what if’.
We can do that every day with any situation.
Let’s take a movie you weren’t crazy about the ending ~ Snow White, I’m looking at you! Want the hero and heroine to get together? Close your eyes and imagine it. That’s what I did. In fact, I’m still doing it. Except, it isn’t Kristen Stewart who ends up with my Sweet Chris.
Have you ever read a book that left you stymied at the end? The Catcher in the Rye, anyone? Rewrite the ending any way you want. Holden finds true love! Holden becomes an astrophysicist! It’s your imagination, let it run wild.
What about in real life? What happens when something really crappy changes everything?
Rewrite the ending.
You can’t change the events that took place to make life crappy, but you can change the way you react to those changes.
See the goodness that dwells in even the darkest of moments. For there is something positive in everything. Even if all you see is failure, darkness, sadness, hopelessness, there is still a way to rewrite the ending.
It all starts with a wish. Or a dream, if you’re so inclined.
Take it from my friend Cinderella, no one can make you stop dreaming. And hey, if this chick can find the positive while living with those horrid stepsisters, there’s hope for us all.
Just remember, dreams need a nudge to happen. You can’t just sit back and wait for life to be amazing, you have to go out there and write your own story.
We all have a kickass heroine inside of us and these two women have found theirs. They both know how to rewrite an ending when life throws them a nasty surprise. Each one has had to deal with tragedy and disappointment, but they find ways to come back stronger than before. They are two women I admire very, very much.
Natalie Hartford refuses to apologize for being her super quirky, hilarious self. In this post, she tells you about Five Things She’ll Never Apologize For. It’s a riot, just like Natalie. Her blog is more than just fun and frivolity, she takes drunk driving very seriously and is always championing making our roads safer for everyone. She lost her Sweet Mamma K (Hubby’s Mom) to a drunk driver several years ago and almost lost her step son, the Dude as well. You can read Natalie’s story here. Talk about a kickass woman who chose not to let tragedy consumer her!
August McLaughlin always has an inspiring story or three on her blog, but yesterday she told about how she realized making fun of herself wasn’t such a great thing. So she chose to stop. It seems so trivial, to crack a blonde joke, but what does it really say about us as a society? Read August’s post and find out. As always, the comments were as intriguing as the post, give them a glance while you’re there.
What about you? How have you rewritten an ending? You can’t change the past, but how can you make today even better than yesterday? Share with us, we’d love to know!