How do you feel when coming to the end of your story. Right now I'm having a hard time coming to the end of a fantasy series. Not really because I don't want to wave characters goodbye. Well, there is a bit of that since I've lived with these people in my head for about five years. I've also lived with them in reality for longer than that. Six of the characters in the Henge Betrayed series are based on my grandchildren. Now I haven't met one on these grandchildren yet since she's on her way from China, expected to arrive in March or April. Thus she's a sort of shadow character in the story. But Ash, Bran, Jay, Ky and Sydli are based rather loosely on my grandchildren.
Why is writing the end difficult? Tying up all the loose ends is the main problem. I feel like I have all these balloons on strings that I must weave together so they'll lift me from the ground. Since this is the fourth book in the series and with each one there have been surprises and new problems entered. What started as a single book grew and grew. Rather like Alice when she ate the cookie.
How do you feel about writing the end when you've written a series? Do you regret leaving these people who have become real to you between the pages of a book? Are you able to write the end with no feeling of loss? Let me know.