Why Are Endings So Hard?

I wrote 1,000 words today. Correction—I wrote 1,000 really crummy words today. Oh, maybe there were a couple of good sentences thrown in for good measure, but everything else was crap.

Endings are tough. When I set out to write Wedding at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort I had an ending in mind. But that was before my characters developed other ideas and now my preconceived notions no longer apply.

As usual, Studly Doright is no help. Along with his stock answer—have a tornado blow everything away and type THE END, he now suggests the (to him) clever use of ellipsis. “Just write a sentence and end it with …“ he says.

Oh yes. Great idea.

I’ve tried distancing myself from the story. I’ve tried drinking too much wine. I’ve explored the idea of throwing the whole thing in the garbage. But those two okay sentences give me hope. Yes, endings are hard, but not impossible. I shall prevail.

Another possible ending…

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

25 thoughts on “Why Are Endings So Hard?”

      1. It’s like this. They are holding close as you are letting go. (They need to know their worlds are all right.).
        So..don’t sweat it. Just go back to them as the people you made them and ask, given what they set out to do, where are they now that way and what would they do at this point? Not just the physical in terms of the next move but the little things you gave them, the nuances, ALL of that.

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  1. I don’t know your plot, Leslie, but try taking the first sentence of the book and letting a version of that be the last sentence of the book and then work backwards from there. Just an idea… (the ellipses are for Studly 🙂 ).

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  2. Wow, yes endings ARE hard. What to do? Make it thorough and fully detailed, or leave the reader wondering and hankering for more? My favourite endings are those by Lucy Maud Montgomery. They seem a bit wistful and always hint that there is so much more going on, but the author leaves the scene quietly, gently, almost politely, and we understand that the life will carry on, and we have been privy to a beautiful snapshot of it 🙂

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