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Hi to all my family,friends, and followers. I'm sorry for taking so long to post another blog. Sometimes life gets in the way of plans. Regardless, after three years I'm pleased to say my novel, BRIDGETOWN HIGH, is still selling. Thank you to all those who have enjoyed my book.

Today, I'm going to talk a bit more about story endings.

Whether or not to kill off a character, especially a beloved one. It's a heady thing, to wield such power. It's also an awesome responsibility.

When I posted my final chapter of BRIDGETOWN HIGH for critique, my beta readers told me they didn't like the fact that I'd not told them whether the heroine,Genie, lives or dies. I admit. I was chicken. One doctor diagnosed her with a brain tumor, but could he could be wrong? So, I couldn't make the decision as to whether or not to kill her or make her get better. I mean, how can you kill the heroine that you've grown to love like a daughter? On the other hand, I couldn't figure a way to have her get better that would serve as an emotional and meaningful ending. So, my critique partners forced me to make the decision. I wrote the ending both ways. I found a way to make both emotional and meaningful, and I guess if you haven't read BRIDGETOWN HIGH yet you'll just have to buy the book to find out which version I chose, LOL.

I feel like a judge hearing a murder trial. Should the defendant live or die for his crimes, but Genie didn't commit any crime. So, the decision was even more difficult, and at the same time, whichever way I chose, more poignant.

Good luck with your endings. Sometimes it ain't easy being judge and jury.

About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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