In honor of the end of my daily-inspiration month, I’ve devised three writing prompts having to do with endings.
1. The First Thing You Think of is Never the Best. It’s true. The first ending that you think of is the one your readers will be expecting. It won’t be surprising because it very much is the easy route.
Take the ending you’ve got planned for whatever piece you’re working on right now, or of a piece you recently completed. Throw it out. Now try to think of three other endings that could fulfill all the promises you made to the reader.
2. End With This. Three possible endings for your using pleasure.
It was over. Her muscles were aching, head-to-toe, but all she could do was lay on her back in the mud and dirt and others’ blood. All that mattered was that they’d won.
Thomas watched the boy walked away with his parents. It had all ended okay. A few broken bones, and some heads would roll back at HQ, but all in all the only one who wouldn’t recover was the monster rotting in his cell.
The boy pushed the box back under his bed. The last rattle of pans echoed downstairs–thank goodness he’d gotten home in time for dinner. No one ever had to know.
3. Cut-n-Paste. Take a story you’ve never read before (basically, go to the website of an lit mag and there should be some sample stories. Or, you know, find your damn library) and read until the third-to-last page. Then write the ending you want to see.
Finally, go and read the real ending. Is it better or worse than yours? Why?
Whew! I think this is the last 30-day blogging project I’ll be doing for awhile, at least until summer ends. It was fun, but it does take dedication. (Oh, and anyone who posts what they did off a prompt gets a virtual cookie. I like responses )