When you pick up a book, you enter into an unspoken agreement with the author, you have expectations that they will take you on a journey, that you will be led through a world, meeting new people and seeing life from their perspective.
You put yourself and your time in the author's hands and they have a responsibility to their reader. They don't have to tell a story that the reader is guaranteed to like; but there is a certain amount of continuity, of reason that you want and need.
I've just finished reading the final book in a trilogy and I was so disappointed with the ending. It feels a little dramatic; but I have this sense of devastation, like I've lost part of myself and I just wish the story could have been different, could have been the story I was expecting, or at least hoping for.
It's made me realise the responsibility writers have. To start a story, to tell it well and to see it through to its conclusion.
Sometimes I think we can get a little too close to the story, we need others to give us perspective, to guide us when we start to lose our way and for that I'm truly grateful to have such an amazing group of writers who support me on this journey.
I'm not sure if this realisation will change the way I write; but it has changed the way I view the role of an author, from the perspective of the reader.
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Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.