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Subject: Anyone else have trouble with endings?
Date Posted: 6/21/2010 1:21 AM ET
Member Since: 4/24/2006
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I enjoy writing, but will admit I'm not that good at it. Among other things, I can't seem to be able to write and ending, and the few endings I've had to do for class back in highschool, seemed to me to be cop-outs. Today, I had an idea that I would love to write about, so I started an outline, and doing so figured out the name of one of the characters, but after the outline for the first few chapters, I realized I had nothing after that.


One things I remeber being tought was that "and then they woke up" is one of the worst endings that could be used, with rare exception. I recently read a triliogy that I was realling enjoying, and it used a version of that ending and I felt slightly cheated.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 11:44 AM ET
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LOL yup. It is the total cop out. Which is why I hated the ending of the TV show LOST because they used that type of ending.. BLAH!

I love to write and usually only have a basic ending idea and I get to it when I get to it.  Just write, things you do not like can be changed during a rewrite and editing stage.

I wrote three different stories all novel length and got halfway and finished one of them fully. I then saw that this ending worked better with one of the other stories and used it for that. Just reworked it and stuck it on.

I also hate knowing the ending of things, I have stopped reading books if I can guess the ending. And writing I am the same way. I never write it down until I get to it. 

And if you enjoy writing, then keep it up. Some do it for a hobby and others have ideas about being published but both have to practice alot to get it right.

I never throw away anything that I have written, it can be a good jumping off point for something in the future.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 2:06 PM ET
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When I think of stories I usually have a basic idea of where I'd like things to end from the get-go.  J. K. Rowling said she had the climactic finale to the entire Harry Potter series worked out before she finished the first book.  Since I think of stories as lengthy messages, knowing the conditions at the end of the story is part of conceiving the idea in the first place.  Now, knowing where to begin, or how to get from A to B, that's the tricky part for me.

If I didn't have an end result in mind, I suppose I'd just keep going until I got well past an acceptable end point, and then lop off the oversized and unfinished epilogue that follows.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 4:12 PM ET
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Yup, I agree about Lost.

I have trouble with endings sometimes. Part of my issue is that I get very into my characters and I fully believe their "lives" continue on passed the end of the story. As a writer I have to go back and determine where that portion of their story starts and ends. It can be hard to find the balance of where the readers' interest will wane. Sometimes I write the ending, determine I want to keep going and keep writing. Like everything else I think it takes practice and a willingness to be wrong.

Date Posted: 6/21/2010 8:27 PM ET
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