The final stretch of the final (pre-editing) draft

Dear Denouement,

I like you. I do. It’s just … you’ve been hanging around too long. We need to spend less time together, okay?

Yes, of course I care what happens next! I think about it all the time.

But we can’t keep the readers here forever. We have to let them imagine their own way into your ever after. It’s not your job to tell them everything. Just have to choose a direction and point them in it. That’s all.

Yes, of course you can whisper all your other ever afters to me. Listening is my job.

Besides, you see that Secondary Character over there?

Yeah, I thought you did.


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