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Friday, March 19, 2021

Novelists: It's the Ending that Counts

As novelists we all know that the ending is the hardest part. Getting it right. If editors interfere, it is likely to be there, at the ending. If we are unsatisfied with a narrative it is likely to be there, at the ending. We wish for happy endings but sometimes we reject them as unrealistic, therefore trashy, and we feel cheated and pandered to. Stern, sadistic endings may not please us either.

Diane Jonson in The Writer's Life, Carol Edgarian and Tom Jenks, editors, 1997

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