Got an interesting comment this last week. Someone really likes this blog! (Either that or they loved Kammi's serial - and liked this blog because it published it). But I'll take compliments any way I can get them.
Some of you have known me for years, some not that long. But I WAS a prolific writer for many years (Can't write stories any more, I'm afraid). Recently, I've been converting my novelettes and short stories into books on Lulu, Smashwords, and Amazon Kindle. I've been doing this for almost a year now and it has been quite a task. Quite proud to say that I've published more than 40 books on each of these publishers. Almost done though. Maybe another four or five to do before I'm done.
In all the years I wrote, I met with two things. I'd often get mail saying that so and so LOVED a particular story. What about a serial to it? It took me quite a few attempts to discover that I ended all of my stories with the 'hero' finally realizing what he was. To continue that situation in any way? Boring as all hell. The second thing? It was amazing how many people wrote to me, indicating that they had some story written - but just couldn't come up with an ending.
From my own personal experience, I could answer this. The FIRST thing that would set me off on a story would be what I called "A hot button". Something that turned me on sexually. Then, the SECOND was to have an ENDING. Without that second being in place was simply a story that was gonna end up archived - and never ended. Trust me - I had quite a graveyard of dead half-stories, before I learned to have an ending in mind before I even started.
I am NOT saying that you can't change your ending as you go along - that is often a damn good idea. But if you don't have a concrete ending at the beginning? You're in deep do-do. (I hope that this helps some starting authors!)
I decided to serialize one of my longer stories - one of my earlier ones. "A Pretty Girl is Like a Malady". It has about seven parts to it - so here goes: