So I am closing in on the end of my story. Actually, I wrote it once, but I dislike it enough that I am redoing it. That isn’t the point right now though…
No, my issue tonight is knowing where to stop. I have found that I am quite attached to my little group of characters. The final conflict is resolved. The story is wrapping up, but where to stop? I am going to quote The Order Of the Stick (Frame 8, in this case). “There is no end, there’s just the point where storytellers stop talking.” I think that is my problem. Their lives are going on, and I don’t want to stop following.
I know that they will be much safer, and happier, if I am not following them around. But it is difficult to make that break. It feels like when you are moving away from someone that you know you won’t get to come back and visit. Also, um… their phone is being disconnected so you can’t call them. Ok, so it isn’t the best analogy.
For now, I shall content myself by saying that I will write a sequel someday. In the meantime, how do you decide where to stop? At what point do you fade out of your character’s life and let them live in peace?