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September 05, 2006


There's this story that I want to write, about this guy who's in this rocky, off-again on-again relationship with this woman whom he really loves and who loves him too, but for some reason their relationship doesn't work out, and the story is about how they struggle on for seven years, until they finally decide to call it quits and to move on to other things with the realization that even if you really really love someone, it doesn't mean that your relationship will necessarily work out.

Yes, I'm aware that this sounds like a tedious, lengthy, painful read -- but hey, such is life.

The problem is that I want this story to have a happy ending, like the man finding somebody new, or maybe just seeing the future from a new perspective, or maybe merely something symbolic that's nothing but a starting point to give the reader some feeling of optimism; only I don't have the slightest idea how to do it and still make it seem realistic.

Posted by Horst on September 5, 2006 11:46 PM to books & bookkeeping | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on September 6, 2006 11:52 AM:

That man could have a brief affair with someone he just met by chance, and you could leave him thinking that he would never have gone that far if he hadn't ended the relationship before. And, of course, he enjoyed the affair and ended it without regrets.

Other scenario: The man helped a friend with her divorce and they find out that they get along quite well. That would mean, of course, that you have to work that divorce into the story.

Aniways, happy endings always depend on the point where you break off the story... ;-)

Kathy/Kathi said on September 6, 2006 01:38 PM:

What about the woman? They could both be helping the partners of the divorce bound couple and both end up marrying. Then the question would be. Will the two couples maintain a relationship and socialize together, get advice from each other about stuff known by long experience in the old relationships, Hmmm........

Lucid said on September 6, 2006 06:11 PM:

Well, I do not agree about the resemblance of life and literature, following M. Atwood who states:

"(...) there you have it, the difference between literature -- at least literature as embodied in plays and novels -- and life. Something else has to happen. In life we may ask for nothing more than a kind of eternal breakfast -- it happens to be my favourite meal, and certainly it is the most hopeful one, since we don't yet know what atrocities the day may choose to visit upon us -- but if we are going to sit still for two or three hours in a theatre, or wade through two or three hundred pages of a book, we certainly expect something more than breakfast."
(Spotty-Handed Villainesses: Problems Of Female Bad Behaviour In The Creation Of Literature -

So: Something else has to happen!

Jann said on September 7, 2006 03:47 AM:

The guy is reluctantly talked into going to his high school reunion, where he runs into his old high school flame, still single, or single again (both very realistic possibilities these days). They remember all the fun they had, the chemistry is still there, and they can't quite recall why they broke up in the first place. Of course it was because he went off to college, and she still had two more years of high school, but none of that matters twenty years later!

End the story right now, and he should at least be smiling - laughing if he still thinks her jokes are funny. (That would be a very good sign).

mig said on September 7, 2006 10:54 AM:

The guy is reluctantly talked into going to his high school reunion, where he runs into his old flame, who has grown incredibly disgusting in some way and has an irritating, braying laugh and halitosis and he's relieved it didn't work out.

Jann said on September 7, 2006 03:04 PM:

Yes, of course, but then he sees the girl he never paid attention to in high school, but now she's lost twenty pounds, "done something with her hair", and could be Angelina Jolie's twin. What's more, she's paying a lot of attention to him! Still smiling.

In fiction you can make anything you want happen, in real life he probably wouldn't even go to the reunion.

dieter said on September 8, 2006 09:14 AM:

@Jann: More probably, they didn't even manage to organise a reunion...

Juliet said on September 8, 2006 01:32 PM:

Now, why can they not be together if it is real love? If it was REAL love there should be a way I suppose in both literature and real life. If it does not work out, however, then real life shows that one party does not feel "real love" or - and I would even say the ONLY other possibility is that - one partner is homosexual and only found out later. Now that is real life then.
Or am I just being too idealistic. (or too young - which would suit me more)

Lucid said on September 11, 2006 05:58 PM:

You are too young, Juliet :-)

Juliet said on September 15, 2006 10:29 AM:

I can live with "too young". Cheers, Lucid :O)

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