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One note and a writing thing

Finished my "short" story tonight. At 14,100, it's overlong. I will cut 3-4k.

The problem is, it doesn't want to end. It's like the last twenty minutes of The Return of the King: denouement, denouement, denouement. No! Wait! One more. De---nouement. And oh, also, denouement.

Okay, sage advice time: what do you do when you can't find the right note to end on? How do you force the ending, whilst keeping it satisfying?

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leahbobet
Mar. 27th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
I compromise for the first draft, ask the critiquers, threaten the story, and then fix it on the second. :p
merriehaskell
Mar. 27th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, okay... see my comment to Sherwood. :)
_earthshine_
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
what do you do when you can't find the right note to end on? How do you force the ending, whilst keeping it satisfying?

What's the writing equivalent of a studio fade?
merriehaskell
Mar. 27th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Uhm... Good question!
sartorias
Mar. 27th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
With the everybody is different caveat, when I can't get an ending, I figure I'm too close, and so not seeing the shape of the forest. The trees are surrounding me. I need to get away entirely for a time, and then revisit. When I see the shape, the ending usually comes.
merriehaskell
Mar. 27th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Alas, I *was indeed* afraid that the answer was time and distance. ;)

steve_buchheit
Mar. 27th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
"And then the velicoraptors ate them all. The end."

Easy as pie.
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