Thursday, 5 December 2013

Quitting While Ahead

I had a pretty strange sensation recently. As recently as yesterday actually. I was writing a chapter for a story and as soon as I wrote a certain line, I felt that was it. That was the line that would spell the end of my story. As I kept on writing, I did indeed wrap the story up and give it a nice finish. I'm not 100% done with the story yet because I need to write an epilogue or two (yes I write two epilogues) but the bulk of the story is done. It's pretty short but it felt like it was done. The fans of the story aren't totally happy that I decided to end the story out of the blue. It was out of the blue; I had no real plans to end the story, it just happened. But one commenter was pretty cool and said that it's the mark of the master to know when a story is finished and wrap it up, before things drag on too much. I basically did all the staples of a story too. The bad guy showed up, was defeated, and then the guy got the girl in the end.

I think one problem people might have had with the ending coming so abruptly is that it was, as I said, short. Especially compared to my last story. The last story I wrote took me seven months to write and I think I've been working on this for, what? Three weeks? It's also a ninth of the length, coming in at about 20k words (when completed).

Still, the universe lives on and I think that's something the fans are getting. That particular story had to end but the universe it was created in lives on. I'm sure I'll write other stories in that universe as time goes on. Just like if I wrote Immortal Space, and there was more to it, I would write a sequel. It doesn't mean that things are done, just that little story.

Our lives are full of little stories. Me writing that story was a story in my life. I'm still alive though. I think. I'll have other stories too. Maybe one day I'll tell them to my kids and they'll make stories of their own.

To be honest I have no idea what the point of this post was. It just felt really odd to have a moment of "Well, this is done." Now to begin questioning this decision.

If you're wondering, no, you can't read this story. It's a fanfiction about colourful little ponies, complete with a surprisingly high dose of sociopaths, psychopaths, and drunks. I write an amazing psychopath. I don't really want to dwell on that.

8 comments:

  1. I think if the inspiration came to you to end the story line out of the blue then it was definitely the right call. If it felt natural to you then that's all that matters!

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  2. So you WON'T share with us a story about drunk, psychopath/sociopath ponies? That's just cruel, man. And no, that wasn't sarcasm.

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  3. I've dealt with psychopathic horses, the missus has 3!

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  4. Yeah man you should have written the end exactly how you did if you felt it. If you're not feeling it then the worst thing you can do is continue it, good on you buddy.

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  5. Lovely, is this your version of Cupcakes?

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  6. I've noticed that stories quite often end out of the blue. They also sometimes start out of the blue and go in directions which I never saw coming.

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  7. good for you...you will know when a story is done...and you have to stop or you will over work it..you can always revisit it later if the opportunity arises but...you are the writer...

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  8. Too bad, Mark, I'd like to read your short story. Especially knowing you had an epiphany while writing it. Hopefully, you'll be ready to share one day.

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