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No More Spoiler Alerts!

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people completely ruin television shows or movies for me by giving away the ending. In fact, when they do this, I almost completely lose interest in watching anymore. What's the point? I know what's going to happen...

I like being held in suspense. I like watching the characters shift and mold. I like being able to feel their emotions and uncertainty, and to ride the rollercoaster of drama right alongside of them.

The events before the ending are where these characters develop. It's where their stories ebb and flow, making them seem like real humans with real emotions and real depth.

I think our lives are much the same.

It's funny how I cannot stand television spoilers, and yet I am constantly trying to spoil my own life. I ask God to show me glimpses of my future all of the time. I want to know my ending because I want to make sure it's a good one.

But, if I'm entirely focused on the ending, I'll miss out on the present events that are meant to shape and mold me. This Danielle character is gaining depth in these episodes before the finale. She is strengthening and developing. She is learning to persevere, all while her fans are cheering her on.

These are the episodes that piece together the ending.

You cannot miss one, or the finale may not make sense.

While taking Creative Writing this past semester, one of the biggest topics my professor would stress was character development. She would emphasize that we need to take this slow, and to reveal our characters bit by bit and to make sure they were relatable. They had to endure some sort of struggle, and show a development in order to gain a following from the readers.

If we, as real humans, skip to our ending, we won't have any character development. We'd be the same people as we were in the beginning of the novel. Flat characters with no description. Boring characters with seemingly no real purpose.

Our true progress is made in the chapters before the ending.

Our true blossoming can only begin after some time of planting.

"Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand." James 5:7-8

Do not try to spoil your ending. SPOILER ALERT (HA, Sorry, I had to): Only God knows your ending.

Focus on your episodes and chapters one by one. Take each one as a molding period. Let your character develop. Let your readers and viewers come to adore you and understand you. Let yourself become dimensional.

Your story can help more people than you know.


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