I don’t want to be predictable….more specifically, I don’t want my story line to be predictable and I’m struggling with that tonight.
I’m working on a piece where the main character is searching for something – at the risk of giving away spoilers for those of you who know what I’m working on, I’m going to leave it at that…she’s searching for something.
For the majority of the novel she runs into dead-ends, she gets turned around, and takes some detours…is it ‘predictable’ if in the end she finds what she was searching for?
Is is too “happily ever after” if she finds what she was searching for all along? Or as a reader would you be more inclined to read a story where they don’t necessarily find what they are looking for?
Is it too hard for readers to identify with or relate to a character who gets exactly what they want.
These are the many questions I’ve been asking myself ever since this scene for my novel popped into my head last evening.
I guess what I’m asking is this – as a reader, would you be satisfied at the end of a novel if the main character gets what she spent the novel looking for – if I wrap the story up in a nice little bow, happily ever after style…
If the character spent the entire novel searching in vain and coming up short?
Let me know what you think…I’m still hard at work on this novel and things can still change but I think for the ending I’d really like feedback from readers.