Is it important to know the ending before you start it?
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Of course you have to know how to begin a story. Yet what about the ending of it? Is it important for a writer to know what kind of ending they want for the story? What I mean is knowing how the ending will be before you even written it.

For an example: I thought about this story that I am working on from beginning to the end. I can picture what kind of ending I want it to be before I even started it.

Is that a good idea? Seeing the ending before you even started the story. Or is it better to not know how to end the story? Because you are focused on the beginning and middle that the ending hasn't come yet. Is knowing how the ending is before you start important?

What do you think?

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you should probably have something in mind.
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Posted 12/22/16

SuperRad-PrimeSupreme wrote:

you should probably have something in mind.


What do you mean?
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qualeshia3 wrote:


SuperRad-PrimeSupreme wrote:

you should probably have something in mind.


What do you mean?


Like some sort of idea of how you want to end it. At least what type of ending you want. I've never actually sat down and written a story. This is just based on my knowledge of stories in general. I could easily be wrong so take it with a light pinch of salt and oregano.
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SuperRad-PrimeSupreme wrote:

Like some sort of idea of how you want to end it. At least what type of ending you want. I've never actually sat down and written a story. This is just based on my knowledge of stories in general. I could easily be wrong so take it with a light pinch of salt and oregano.



Yeah but the thing is I know how the story will end and I haven't even started chapter one yet. Is that normal and important?
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Posted 12/22/16

qualeshia3 wrote:


SuperRad-PrimeSupreme wrote:

Like some sort of idea of how you want to end it. At least what type of ending you want. I've never actually sat down and written a story. This is just based on my knowledge of stories in general. I could easily be wrong so take it with a light pinch of salt and oregano.



Yeah but the thing is I know how the story will end and I haven't even started chapter one yet. Is that normal and important?


It is normal and important. I imagine there are some writers who sometimes write seeing where the story will take them, or they have an ending in mind and change their mind once they get there, however, having an end in mind makes it easier to craft your story to include the things that are important for reaching the desired end. Otherwise you might just meander and end up with a lot of stuff in the middle of the story that, in the end, doesn't really belong there.

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In my opinion it's very important to have at least a general idea on how you're going to end the story. Once you have the beginning and the ending, you can begin creating the journey itself. With the ending in mind, it will be easier to make changes to the journey to avoid plot holes or coincidences that can feel cheap. If you just write anything that comes into your mind without knowing how it will end you're bound to reach a point where the characters will face a conflict so big that it can't be solved in a satisfying way and you'll have to resort to a deus ex machina or something like that, I've seen it happen before.
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JosephJoestar01 wrote:

In my opinion it's very important to have at least a general idea on how you're going to end the story. Once you have the beginning and the ending, you can begin creating the journey itself. With the ending in mind, it will be easier to make changes to the journey to avoid plot holes or coincidences that can feel cheap. If you just write anything that comes into your mind without knowing how it will end you're bound to reach a point where the characters will face a conflict so big that it can't be solved in a satisfying way and you'll have to resort to a deus ex machina or something like that, I've seen it happen before.


Thanks.
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It's yes or no, hear/say kinda. I've written some short stories, and I find it fun if you don't know how to end it til you get there, because it'll surprise even you. Most of the time I got good reviews on a 'shock ending' but sometimes it turned 'dull at the end' to some readers.

I haven't written in a while, so I probably can't give an all around topic discussion but I hope this'll help in some way?
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You have to know the ending. It is a must.

Like with my story, I already know how it ends, but then it will have a new beginning from that ending point and continue on, but I already know how that part of the story ends as well

The only struggle is reaching that end point. You have to really focus on that ending, because that's the only way you can have something to work towards. If you don't realize your ending, you will never fully understand what you are writing about.
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I think it depends. While it may be nice to let the story decide its own ending, it may not always work out. If you have a clear set beginning and end, then you can add in all sorts of details with less worry about plot holes, continuity errors, etc.

Think of it like this: You have bottle of water. That bottle represents the idea for the beginning and ending of the story. You then fill the bottle with all sorts of awesomeness, in this case water. In the case of no ending prepared, then you have a hole in the bottle. If you have many ideas for your story, but no ending, then you may lose quite a few of them, unless the hole is patched up.

Hopefully that made sense...

But I would say: Definitely have an ending thought up, or at least a few choices. Unless you have a truly wonderful burst of creativity, do not try to write without a skeleton for the story
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If you want a central plot then it is necessary to know the ending especially when you want the central plot to be deeply developed. There are stories which focus on a central theme without a central plot; in this case, it is not necessary to know the ending.
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Some people like to plan everything out. Other people just go for it. The important thing is not what's right, but what's right for you. I mean, if what you are doing is working, why stop or change?

I plan like a maniac, by the way, but on the occasions when I've just started writing without one, interesting things happened. And hey, if things get weird, you can edit, or cannibalize it for the good bits, or just throw it away.

Also, I've started with a plan and realized halfway through that the story needed to go a different way. Anything can happen!
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