Hello, Jolene Navarro here. I hope summer is treating you well.
Tonight I was thinking about creating the perfect ending for my current characters. I love endings.
Everyone talks about the "hook". That opening scene that grabs the reader and won't let go. Building conflict and tension into each scene so they have to turn the page.
All with the purpose of getting the reader to the end of the story. The End.
I have to say a breathtaking ending is what drives me to look for the author's other books.
An ending that makes me want to linger with the characters and truly enjoy thier happy ever after. When you realize the pages are gone and you have to return to "real" life.
If the writer has done their job, you have fallen in love the the characters, you care about what happens to them, you want to be satisfied with an ending that everyone deserves.
It's the new way of life your characters have earned through their trails and growth.
One of my favorite romantic ending is from Shrek. Yes, Shrek.
He faces his greatest fear in front of the whole kingdom. He holds his heart out for all to see and risks a public rejection. He earns that kiss. What I love is she thought she would permanently become the "beautiful" princess, but instead she is the green orge.
She whispers. "I thought I'd be beautiful."
He smiles. "You are."
And of course they return to the swamp for the new way of life with all the happy other characters. That my friend is a happy ending. The hero ends up, not with what he wanted, but with what he needed to have a full life friendships and joy.
Romancing the Stone is one of my all time favorites. How can you beat a yacht parked in a crowed Manhattan street? Of course you have Jack in his alligator boots, waiting for Joan. He didn't just take her down to the harbor to see the boat - he brought it to her. A grand extravagant gesture that shows us their new way of life. So different than the opening scene.
Another on of my favorites is The Proposal. She leaves, learning that marriage was a family affair and a true union not to be taken lightly. As we know he follows and in a space full of people that had hated her, he gives up his pride to ask her to date him for the rest of their lives. How can you not love him? In the picture it is the first proposal and it is her begging.
I work very hard to give each of my character a special ending just for them, an ending that reflects their personal journey.
What are some ending that have made you sigh? That made you want to start the story all over again?
May you have many happy ending that take you to new and exciting beginnings.
My lastest book come out August 1st
And a very happy ending....