I’ve been having some trouble ending The Stories (as usual). In the old days, I knew how a story ended before I started writing it, and though it might wind all over the place on its way, it generally ended up where it was supposed to. But in recent years I’ve had less clear ideas of what I want, or I edit a story so much that the old ending doesn’t make sense any more, or I start a tale that’s more nebulous idea than planned structure and I end up shilly-shallying around The Conclusion with only vague feelings and nothing concrete to put in place.
The Usual Recourse is to corner The Slayer and make him listen to The Ideas.
But he’s a busy guy, so sometimes I need another friendly ear to babble at. And The Housemate has previously expressed vexation that I don’t share The Ideas with him.
So recently I DID turn to him for advice. Just how should one end a story?
The Housemate’s advice was not hugely helpful.
And there seemed to be a pattern.
I think he’s mocking me.