For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is UNEXPECTED.
I love a twist ending. Both as a reader and as a writer.
Especially with my short stories, I want my reader to have that sensation of surprise at the discovery of an ending they did not expect. While I may never reach the mastery of O. Henry, it is something that I strive for.
But I want it to be something that develops smoothly in the course of the story, and I want it to occur because I'm playing fair. Nothing forced, contrived, weak, or cliche.
No “and then I woke up” cheesiness. No inane or arbitrary hand-waving to try and cover up plot holes that are left unresolved. No unfair 'Deus ex Machina' manipulations where the surprise gets pulled out of thin air.
I want the ending to be unexpected, but I want it to be logical, consistent, and to provide a smooth and rewarding resolution to the story. I want it to be surprising, but not hidden – I even want to plant clues that don't give the ending away; clues that might seem totally insignificant on the first read, but which become clear and obvious after the fact.
This is what I want, although it is HARD to do well.
But I dream of being able to do it smoothly, effortlessly, and perfectly each and every time.
And then I wake up...
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