The end: as important as the beginning?

Dear readers,

Thank you so much for an exciting launch week for my book, The Innocent Witch. Already I’ve had some great reviews on Amazon – some of you devouring it in mere days – and so many kind words from readers!

I’ve had a few people comment that they did not see the end coming, and that it was sad but satisfying at the same time. Without being a spoiler, I’ve got to say, I’m so glad you’ve seen it that way. That was pretty much exactly how I wanted you to feel, and I also wanted to be fair to the history of the time.

The Innocent Witch book by Belinda Carli
The Innocent Witch by Belinda Carli

It made me think about the end of a book more than I ever have before, and just how important it is to make it right for the reader. Have you ever really enjoyed a book, only to find the ending unbelievably happy? I mean, is life ever really that fair in a neat 300-page timespan? Or the times where you are so engrossed in a novel only to find the ending leaves you angry?

I once read a Jodi Picoult novel, Handle with Care, and enjoyed it so much right until the very end. The way it ended left me fuming for days; and while I’m a huge Jodi Picoult fan, I wish I could ask her… why end it like that? I remember discussing it with a fellow booklover at the time and she just laughed at how much it affected me, but its true, the ending of a book can really leave a lasting impression. Well, I certainly remembered that title! (Its still a great story – if you’ve read it, please leave a comment below to let me know how the ending made you feel? Surely I’m not alone in my frustration? (don’t post spoilers please, for those who haven’t read it yet…)

In my writing course, they told us we must end a story to resolve the conflict of our main characters, but at the same time, make it satisfying for the reader. While writing The Innocent Witch I must admit I struggled a bit with how to end it, to make sure I achieved the required result.

From your feedback, it seems I’ve managed to leave you feeling fulfilled but keep it real, and I’m glad its meant so much to you that people have been in touch to let me know. I really appreciate hearing from you, so don’t be shy!

So, are you a ‘must have a happy ending no matter what’ kind of reader, or does a sprinkling of tragedy keep a story real, and in your heart and memory better?

I’ve also got some exciting news… I’m already working on my next novel, set in 1713 France. That’s about as much as I’ll tell you right now, but I hope to bring that out to you later this year.

I can’t wait to see your thoughts on ‘the end’ of books you read in general, and your enjoyment of the beginning, middle and ‘the end’ of The Innocent Witch.

Until next time, happy reading!

Published by Belinda Carli

Belinda is the Founder and Director of the Institute, and has worked with hundreds of brands on thousands of products for over 20 years. She started her career as a Naturopath, specialising in herbal medicine, before moving into a Regulatory role within an International company overseeing a variety of personal care and ingestible therapeutic goods. She grew within this role over the years to also cover Project Management of multiple SKUs and work closely with the R&D Department, before moving into her own business as a consultant for personal care and supplement regulatory affairs and formulation. After being a private consultant for a few years, she was asked to train some of her Company Clients and decided to work with the Department of Education in Australia to develop full Government Registered and Recognised courses. She then worked with peers in the industry to develop the Diploma of Personal Care Formulation and Diploma of Cosmetic Brand Management, and finally, in 2007, the Institute of Personal Care Science and the Industry Recognised courses were launched. Since then, Belinda has grown the Institute to what it is today and has presented hundreds of videos on Youtube on various formulation, regulatory and brand management topics. She has been the Official Technical Advisor to the in-cosmetics Group internationally for 5 years and a judge on International Beauty Awards Panels for many years. She has written 5 books on Beginners and Advanced Cosmetic Formulation, Organic and Colour Cosmetic Formulation and Brand Management. She has also been a regular presenter at major International events and her work can be found in many national and International publications, UL Prospector and Special Chem formulators site. She has also created the Create Cosmetic Formulas program, an online site that enables people with no prior experience to pick and choose ingredients they want in a formula, and then shows them how to put the product together. She is a member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (ASCC) and International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC). She was the winner of the Annual Industry Award from CHC Australia for her contribution to Research and Training and was a finalist in the Australian Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 3 categories.

2 thoughts on “The end: as important as the beginning?

  1. I don’t know, I’ve been burned by endings many times, and the ones that get me most are the abrupt ones. Often I feel the remaining pages getting thinner, and the story doesn’t seem to be ending soon, then all of a sudden, I’m there at the final sentence. I remember Stephen King’s Running Man doing that to me. Anyway, wishing you all the best with your book!


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