We, and I think I’m speaking for many writers, don’t know what it is that sometimes comes to make our books alive. All we can do is to write dutifully and day after day, every day, giving our work the very best of what we are capable. I don’t think that we can consciously put the magic in; it doesn’t work that way. When the magic comes, it’s a gift.” Madeleine L’Engle
Today I arrived at the magical end of my work-in-progress! Yay! The magical part being my arrival! Although I predict some substantial revisions in my future, there is a sense of accomplishment at having gotten to THE VERY END.
I’m happy with Lily’s decisions and with her growth over the course of the novel. I also really like the way I was able to tie the title in effectively at the beginning AND at the end.
The “magic” L’Engle is referring to, I think, is when your story really takes on a life of its own, becoming more successful than you dared hope. You work hard, do your best, and then hope that it springs to life. For me, getting to the end is also magical. Somehow I have managed to take this seed of an idea and develop it into a beginning, middle and end, in which the character learns and grows and takes on a life of her own. It’s rewarding!
So, after a few moments of celebration and self-congratulatory murmurings, I’ll roll up my sleeves and get back to work with revising. I know I’m a long way from the finish line. But still, as the saying goes, “You can’t revise a blank page,” so at least I have given myself lots of material to work on!
May you find some magic this week. Or, I should say, may the magic find you this week!