I am just curious to hear some of y'all's opinions and perspectives about how you end your stories. I personally tend to shy away from nicely wrapped up, tied-off-with-a-bow endings where you get your ducks in a row and everything comes out all right. I dunno...I guess I've just read too many Westerns where everything ends with a happy lovely romance, and I'm just like... *FACEPALM!!* I mean...real life situations don't always end happily. Sometimes the bad guys do win. I mean, you have to have enough of a denouement to not chop off the end of the story. But still...
So I tend toward putting in a twist near the end, to where the ending is not *just* happy. It might be partly happy, but there are sad parts too. I feel like it makes a stronger story that way.
The sticky wicket, though, is going overboard with that and coming out with an ending that is unsatisfying to the reader. Because real life or not, the reader has to be satisfied at the ending. ...Right? If there's too much of a twist, then you leave them shaking their fist and going "Nooooooo! How could you do this to me??" But, on the other hand, I tend to write in the old fashioned way. I want to write a story where, when someone reads it, they will have improved their mind in some way, shape, or form by so doing. Sometimes I wonder if that is too lofty a goal. But I don't want to just write mindless entertainment. I want what I write to MEAN something.
I'm curious to know what you guys think and what you do with your stories.
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