- I wrote a depressing novel
- Everyone thought it was depressing
- I decided to rewrite it a couple of months ago
- It's still depressing, but in a totally different way
- It doesn't have an ending because I completely ripped up at least half of the original book.
Got it? Good. Advice?
Haha... I wouldn't do that to you. But I think I might have written the first endless book.
I'm just a little bit lost at the moment because I usually know the ending before I start writing, even if (as with a couple of stories that will be out soon) I try my hardest to avoid that ending to make a new one. Most of my endings are pretty depressing in their own right, but at least the characters have followed a logical path - and, to be honest, in most cases they are not as depressing as they could have been!
This current story doesn't seem to have a path that won't come across as contrived, pathetic and far too soft. The problem is that without a satisfying ending there's absolutely no point to the story at all - I'll have put my MC through hell for no reason. With the wrong ending, people will never trust another thing I write (a possible exaggeration, but not much) - or it will read like the ending from a different novel has been dumped onto this one.
Tell me about your endings.
Do you always know where you're going?
Have you ever written yourself into no-man's land?