Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Should all story loose ends be tied up in your novel?



That’s the quandary I have right now. I am at the stage with my first full length novel, Vile City, where I am doing the final edit before trying to get it published.

My story concerns three women who have been abducted in Glasgow. Whilst the whereabouts of one is well known as it’s her story that makes up about a third of the book, the fate of the other two isn’t.

What have I decided? At the moment I am starting to think that in real life things are not always tied up nicely in a wee bow. Sometimes there is no clear resolution or closure.

But should a novel give readers the closure they might not get in real life? If they don’t, will they be left feeling cheated?

What do I do? My mind keeps going back and forth like a tennis ball hit by an angry Andy Murray.

When I did a quick search on the Internet about this, these are the ones I looked at -

1 comment:

  1. I think it’s sensible to at least tie up the loose ends by referencing them, could the safe woman be upset the other two were never found? That way you don't have to solve their predicaments but acknowledge they are still ‘loose threads’.

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