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Post Reply Quick question: Is it wise to know the ending to your story before you even write it?
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So, it's weird?

I believe his answer was in response to the thread title.

And yes, it is a good idea to know where you're going with a story before you start writing it. You shouldn't tie yourself down to it though, in case you end up going in a different direction with your story. You should try to remain flexible, especially if you don't know the beginning or the middle yet, because those will eventually lead to your ending and depending on what you decide to do there (in the beginning and the middle) your ending could be totally different than what you originally planned.



Thanks. The sole reason I can't come up with a beginning is because I don't know if I should start in first person or third person.
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If you don't think about how you want to end a story then you will likely either (a) never finish or (b) have several plot points that have no meaning other than the whim that you had when you wrote it. You should have some idea how you plan to end a story even if you don't end it exactly as you planned at least you know where you were going.
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Thanks. The sole reason I can't come up with a beginning is because I don't know if I should start in first person or third person.


Eh, just go with whatever you're more comfortable with. I don't think first or third person matters too much. The important part of perspective is to just choose one and stick with it.
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In general, I'd say that, at the very least, you should have a general idea of where the story will go. It doesn't have to be a concrete ending, just a direction. Having a concrete ending can help, but it could potentially limit your options for the bulk of your story if it's too set in stone.

It also depends on how reliant your story is on the ending. Some stories you may not need to stress over the ending of the entire series while writing the first book. Others , like maybe a mystery novel or something, may require you know the ending before you actually start writing.

Ultimately, the importance of the ending is dependent on the type of story your writing and your general writing style.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Thanks. The sole reason I can't come up with a beginning is because I don't know if I should start in first person or third person.


Eh, just go with whatever you're more comfortable with. I don't think first or third person matters too much. The important part of perspective is to just choose one and stick with it.


That's the problem. I don't know which one I am more comfortable with. I guess I could try first person though.
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Okay, I am working on a long story that I have yet to write. As I am thinking about the story, I am also coming up with ideas for the ending. It's a five book novel series and I already know how I want the ending to be. But I haven't even started writing yet. Is it really okay to know exactly how you want to end your story before you even started? I could possibly change my mind(though I rather not) but I still would know how the story ends. It's funny I know how I want to end the story but haven't figured out how I want to begin it.

What do you think?


I don't really write, but my thinking is that it probably works similar to animation. You have your keyframes that include extremes and midpoints, and then you work on the in-betweens after establishing those. With that said you probably should consider how to begin it and figure out keys to drive the story toward before working straight forward to fill in the gaps.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Okay, I am working on a long story that I have yet to write. As I am thinking about the story, I am also coming up with ideas for the ending. It's a five book novel series and I already know how I want the ending to be. But I haven't even started writing yet. Is it really okay to know exactly how you want to end your story before you even started? I could possibly change my mind(though I rather not) but I still would know how the story ends. It's funny I know how I want to end the story but haven't figured out how I want to begin it.

What do you think?


I don't really write, but my thinking is that it probably works similar to animation. You have your keyframes that include extremes and midpoints, and then you work on the in-betweens after establishing those. With that said you probably should consider how to begin it and figure out keys to drive the story toward before working straight forward to fill in the gaps.


I'm slowly figuring out how to start it because I've chosen to write in first person.
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That's the problem. I don't know which one I am more comfortable with. I guess I could try first person though.

Just start writing. The most important part of writing is to get words down on the page. You can always go back and revise your work later, choosing a different perspective if you feel like it. But there is no fixing a blank sheet of paper.

Sit down and force yourself if you have to. The more you write the better you'll get at it.
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DrunkKanti wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
That's the problem. I don't know which one I am more comfortable with. I guess I could try first person though.

Just start writing. The most important part of writing is to get words down on the page. You can always go back and revise your work later, choosing a different perspective if you feel like it. But there is no fixing a blank sheet of paper.

Sit down and force yourself if you have to. The more you write the better you'll get at it.


Thank you very much.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

That's the problem. I don't know which one I am more comfortable with. I guess I could try first person though.


Many books that I've read over the years go back and forth between the two, so you don't have to stick with one or the other the entire time. Generally, the perspectives stay the same throughout chapters, or are marked by some other signifier to separate them from the rest.

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That's the problem. I don't know which one I am more comfortable with. I guess I could try first person though.


Many books that I've read over the years go back and forth between the two, so you don't have to stick with one or the other the entire time. Generally, the perspectives stay the same throughout chapters, or are marked by some other signifier to separate them from the rest.



Wouldn't that confuse readers?
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Wouldn't that confuse readers?


Its generally not a good idea to switch too much. Unless you have a really good reason for doing so, just pick one and stick to it. As for which you pick, remember that it is about perspective more than style. First person is used when you want to tell the story of one character. Which you pick typically depends on the type of story you are writing.
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Wouldn't that confuse readers?


If you overdo it. It's generally best to only occasionally switch, usually to signify events that take place separately from the man storyline/cast, such as flashbacks and zooming in on mysterious villains pulling something bad. Things like that.
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Wouldn't that confuse readers?


If you overdo it. It's generally best to only occasionally switch, usually to signify events that take place separately from the man storyline/cast, such as flashbacks and zooming in on mysterious villains pulling something bad. Things like that.


Ah, okay.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Wouldn't that confuse readers?


Its generally not a good idea to switch too much. Unless you have a really good reason for doing so, just pick one and stick to it. As for which you pick, remember that it is about perspective more than style. First person is used when you want to tell the story of one character. Which you pick typically depends on the type of story you are writing.


Well, I want everyone of the main characters to tell their story. But first person seems so much simpler. If I write in third person, I'll get annoyed easily and want to change it.
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