How and when to close a chapter are one of the most difficult aspects of writing for me. Almost everything I write, I walk away wondering, "Did I say all I needed to say?" And then there are those days I walk away wondering, "Did I say too much?" Writers are a narcissistic lot. We like the sound of our own words, and it thrills us to know you are reading them. It is the introvert's answer to the extrovert's pleasure in hearing their own voice. Attention without the first hand experience of knowing we are getting the attention. The limelight in the lowlight--an introvert's delight!
During the process of writing a book, my editor spent a lot of time culling my repeats and condensing far too much verbiage into the modified Reader's Digest version. I know from personal experience, I tend to not read or loose concentration if an article becomes overly wordy, Say what you need to say and leave it at that is the best plan.
Closing out a chapter is all about picking the right place to stop, and wrapping up what you said as briefly and concisely as possible. A one sentence synopsis of what you just said in a nutshell. If I am not careful, the length of my sentences can rival some of Paul's in the New Testament. Run on would be an understatement. In summary--find the stopping point, close the subject and move on.
It is not surprising I have a difficult time with closing a chapter or paragraph. I tend to also have a difficult time finding closure in life. When the topic has been exhausted, and there is nothing to be gained by staying the course, turning around and walking away appear as failure. What is the old saying, "I am riding a dead horse." Recognizing it is the right time and place to turn and leave and start again do not come easy and failure is a bitter pill to swallow. Admitting those times when I should yell, "Calf Rope" and begin again becomes an allusive target.
I forget--though I may have to accept defeat---I have learned--I have grown--I have endured--and walked away a wiser person. Closure comes in all forms, shapes and sizes and requires varying lengths of time. The gift of closure is a new game--or trying again. Taking what you know and moving forward with a better chance at success from what you learned in defeat-a do-over.
There are no accidents---there is purpose in everything---and opportunity is always around the corner. Recognize when it is time---close the door---and walk away--knowing when the sun rises tomorrow you can start anew.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.