Encouragement Inspiration for Writers

How to craft happy endings


Have you ever worked on a piece so much that you practically memorized it? That was me when, for the umpteenth time, I rewrote the first chapter of the novel I had completed. The story, engaging and the characters, sassy and insightful. The end product was, well, in my opinion, pretty wonderful.

Then it happened. I got it back from the editor. I swallowed hard and my shoulders drooped with disbelief. The whole thing was riddled with corrections, questions, and endless suggestions for improvements. I cringed, but accepting the changes was imperative because the editor had in mind a great product and a better story. She outlined her plan for results that, no doubt, would shine.


My life had been the same way. I had written my own plans, crafted my path to success, happiness, and meaning. Instead of the results leaving me delightfully satisfied, the disappointment seared.

"06-24-14Thank goodness the Divine Editor came along. He erased the sin, corrected flawed decisions and straightened wrong paths. The details are not perfect. But it relates a story of transformation, of trials that turned to triumph and sorrow that turned to joy.

Disappointment always turns to joy knowing that the book of our life has a happy ending. It does, as long as we leave the planning and the plot to the God of the universe  because “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).

Father, I thank you for writing the pages of my life before I was born. You detailed each chapter and scene. Now peace fills my nights knowing you have crafted the happiest of endings for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Are you still writing the plan for your life?
  • How has it turned out so far?
  • Who can guarantee you hope and promise you a future?


Janet Eckles, international speaker, author, radio host, life coach.

Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.