Thursday, April 12, 2018

Adventures in Writing: Faith and Good Endings



For Writers:

As I may have alluded to in an earlier post, I hadn't even completed the first draft of Blackbird before I realized the ending, as I had first envisioned it, wouldn't work. After a bit of agonizing and brainstorming, a potential correction presented itself:  an entirely new character.

Now, here I am, revising that very rough draft and inserting the "correction" in among the old content. But, my brain worries, is it actually a correction? Will this "fix," in fact, break the story worse? Provide unnecessary complication? Swell the word count needlessly?

All an unknown. Writing, I have discovered, is an act of faith. It's embarking upon a voyage with a map drawn in crayon and no sight of a shore before the prow. The new oar I have devised to employ may crack midway through the trip and leave the story stranded for a while. Or it may see the tale safely across the uncertain waters.

When you write, how do you feel about taking risk?

For Readers:

What ending, book or film, do you wish had been done differently? Why?

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Current Project: Blackbird
Genre: Victorian Drama
Theme: the wound

3 comments:

Joseph Hayden said...

Change it. Write two stories. Write what you feel is best. It has worked in the past.

Joseph Hayden said...

What ending would I change? The Wheel of Time series. You would think that between Jordan and Sanderson they would get it right, but NO!!!! I would re write the whole bloody epic if I could

Court Ellyn said...

LOL, that sounds like serious disgruntlement with The Wheel of Time series. Never have read it, though now I'm curious.