The story’s finally reached an end. My zeroth draft is done (otherwise known as the “down draft” where you just try to get everything down).
Next: the first draft (otherwise known as the “Up” draft, where I try to fix everything up) (these terms courtesy of Anne Lamott in “Bird by Bird”)
I’m pretty stoked that the story finally got wrapped up. I’ll admit I was at a loss over how to end the thing, but I took some advice I read somewhere which essentially said that the beginning of a story will often tell you how it’s going to end. So, I went back to the beginning of this story, read it through, and eventually figured out how it should end. Maybe a little weird, I know, but it worked for me.