Writing Process

Flash of insight — no safe endings

I had a sudden flash of insight — about why one of my longer projects isn’t working. It’s because I’ve imagined a safe ending for the character. In my mind, because I identify with her character, I have envisioned a place she’s thinking and feeling from, and that place is safe. I really wanted a happy ending for her. But the story doesn’t lend itself to a happy ending. I mean, maybe she’ll get one after all, but with that safety plunked down at the end the writing just isn’t working. So I have to remove the promise of safety. She will have to exist in a different state.

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