November 10, 2017

Fighting with the Ending / Guest Post by Patricia Josephine / Mistakes of the Past

GUEST POST by Patricia Josephine

Fighting with the Ending:

I’m a panster, so when I write, I don’t have an outline or even a plan for the story. What starts me is a character or a scene that excites me and I can’t get it out of my head fast enough. I start writing with zero direction. That often means I have no idea how to end the story. I don’t figure it out until I’m there, staring at the screen, and wondering how to save the day.

The ending to Mistakes of the Past went through quite a few different versions before I finally got it right. Luc went from three chances at redemptions to one, back to three, then finally one. There was a sex scene, but that got axed. Another scene moved from one location to another. Parts got cut then added back in and adjusted to fit. Whole elements that I researched were discarded. Even lines I loved didn’t make the final cut.

It was quite the evolution. Sometimes you have to fight to get it right, to find the perfect resolution that readers love. I hope this ending is one that readers will enjoy. At the very least, I enjoy the ending. That’s got to be a good sign, right?


Luc seeks atonement for the actions that banished him from his home. Living as a priest in a small town, he strives to show how much he’s changed with the hope that one day he can return to his family.

Haunted by the guilt that destroyed her family, Rose has shut her heart off. She vows to never let anyone near again lest she hurt them. When she meets Luc, she can’t deny the draw she feels to him.

But the past is not easily forgotten. When Luc’s past finds him, Rose is caught in the middle. Forced to face who he used to be, Luc must decide if he’s willing to give up his chance at redemption to save Rose. But doing so means he won’t be able to hide who he is. Will Rose be able to reconcile the man she knows with the devil he used to be? Or are the mistakes of the past too damning?

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About the Author:

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.



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QUESTION: Have you ever struggled with the ending for a story you were writing?


  1. Amazed by those you who can write like that. I'd never find the ending if I didn't know what it was before I began.

  2. The ending of a story is definitely important, especially because in my opinion, the ending can make or break a story. So it's good to write more than one version of it to see which ending works best.

  3. I usually know the ending although sometimes it has to be modified.

  4. I love a good human drama where they wrestle with guilt and flaws- sounds like my kind of read!

    I usually know the end better than the beginning...and the middle can be a total slog fest.

  5. This author seems fantastic and I loved the title of the book.
    Not being a story writer myself I don't have trouble with an ending.
    Great post Chrys,


  6. I struggle for an ending every time I write. The title resonates as the news is playing in the background and they are talking about Roy Moore... Mistakes in the Past! Congratulations, Patricia (I spent 10 years in Michigan).

  7. I usually have a beginning and end as I go, but other than that, nope. The ending sure can change though until you get that one you like.

  8. That has to be hard, not quite knowing where the story is going. But whatever works, right?

  9. Beautiful cover. Love the artwork. Congrats.

  10. I am a panster too! Woohoo! Sometimes I don't know how I finish a story or article. LOL

  11. I love that cover and the story sounds like something I would enjoy.

  12. No matter how little plotting I do, I always know the ending of a book before I start writing it. The getting there is the part that changes and changes over and over again.

  13. The cover is certainly looking good. And the blurb also sounds great!

  14. Congratulations to Patricia! I love the sound of this book.

  15. I love the book cover and the story sounds fantastic!

  16. Thanks for having me, Chrys, and your wonderful editing job (what? No, I'm not sucking up to you. ^_~)

    Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. I'm finally getting around to visiting and it's making my day. <3

    Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine