It is an unfortunate fact of life that more often than not there are simply things going on that are more important that what you want to do. This has described my life for the past week and potentially the next one as well and as such I haven’t had much of a chance to do any writing or editing. However, after this turbulent period I will have settled into my new job and sorted out my life a little hopefully giving me the time to finish editing the first Twyned Earth story and allow me to plan the second in plenty of time for November’s NaNoWriMo.
Ah yes, the first story.
I had the unpleasant experience two days ago of going to the cinema to see one of the new releases, enjoying the film thoroughly right up until the last confrontation and then just being devastated. This was for the sole reason that this final excitement was almost identical to my own that I had come up with less than two months ago, and I really do mean almost identical. Through the consolation of my friends I am certain that this is something many a writer has had to deal with be it through films or other books but now I cannot help but wonder how this should be handled.
The two main suggestions I’ve been given are to leave it as it is or to completely change the ending. To change it does sound tempting as then it could not be seen as a rip off of this film (something that would bother me very much even though I know I wrote this before the film was even out) but this still doesn’t feel ideal to me. This ending was very carefully tailored to not only end the story but also give the character the emotional ending that I wanted for him and in all honesty I can’t think up another way to plausibly make that happen. It’s something for me to keep thinking on as I work through the editing process and hopefully I can come up with an answer for it.
If this happened to your story, what would you do?