Do We Like ‘Happily Ever After?’

Working towards finishing up draft one of this new project, I’m caught by the fact that I haven’t decided on the ending. Very easily, I can give each character a fantastic end to a long journey, a place in their world that makes it all worth it, that makes their sufferings and losses culminate to finality in contentment.

But is that a good ending? I loved HUNGER GAMES because of the harsh edges Katniss‘ life left her with. I appreciated Tris‘ death because I believe ultimate sacrifice is necessary for the big changes. To give less cheapens the story and teaches a certain lackness in our real lives. It’s more real, more visceral for my heart to break than to simply smile, close the book, and move on. These stories left me numb, unable to put the book out of my head after the last page was turned. THAT is what makes something spectacular over great.

This was what was missing from MaasTHRONE OF GLASS series IMO. That everyone, especially as there were several characters to receive it, got their happy ending was cheap. Cassandra and Brannon reconciling was lame. Some things you can not take back, and the unsatisfied longing for something creates a more lasting impression than giving it.

But I feel public opinion sways more towards handing out this latter ending than the formers. While I don’t want my words swayed by popular opinion, I do want to make money from my work, which suggests leaning towards how the masses might more like something. This is pressure I’m unused to, and unsure how to handle. Pressure I try not to let leach into my brain, but find impossible to ignore one-hundred percent.

In this case, I’m sure I’ll end up writing both endings and leave it to my beta team to decide, or at least allow their opinions to weight my own.

What do you think? How much weight do the fans (or just a general public) get in manipulating the path of art? How do you deal with this in your own work, or how might you expect an artist to react?

Tell me your thoughts! Leave comments or email me directly. I’m so curious to hear how you handle this! 🙂 cindy_martens@ymail.com.

featured image painting by Sage Barnes; “Self Portrait #3”

The Hardest Part

Breaking it Down

Why is writing a synopsis the hardest part? I guess that’s why I’m not a poet. I couldn’t even get a whole story into one book…

But, I didn’t take that much time with it either. I wrote a quick blurb and just went with it. I didn’t do that with the book- why do it with the part that will hook readers into wanting to spend their time with my story? Why think that makes it “hard” because it didn’t just appear on paper? The human brain really is curious and absurd.

Remedy

So, I’m working on it. Trying a few different versions. Upgrading over time. Book three is “sent,” so I’m back to book 1- to look a little closer at the nitty-gritty of getting it into more hands.

How do you deal with writing book blurbs? Is it a time-consuming process that develops over weeks, or do you just “go-with” the first thing you come up with? Maybe you hire a service to deal with it. Which one is your favorite?

Here’s the Newest Blurb For Book One:

Quiet life in small town USA is fine. Everything’s fine. Desiree takes one day at a time. As long as those days don’t ask her to face the questions buried in her faded memories, life is good. Simple. Quiet. The weird strength, speed, and agility she somehow acquired aren’t worth digging into a pain-filled past to figure out.
But the past has a way of catching up, whether we want to face it or not.
When a creature she can only label vampire attacks, Dee knows her avoidance has come to an end. Especially when, coincidentally, Hamal arrives at the same time. He has answers, and Dee doesn’t care how dangerous he might be, she wants what he knows. With her augmented strength, she can take him, right?

With a tenuous trust in a man she is sure knows more than he lets on, Dee stumbles down a path she never dreamt possible. However, there’s so much more to her story than even Hamal knows. As the truth of her world becomes harder to understand, she’s forced to accept help from the very beings that are after her. Running from faceless enemies, whom can she trust? Is there a path that will lead her from the fray, or do all roads point towards more questions?

The Fool’s Path is a series about making sense of a world that doesn’t make sense, about learning how to trust and love, especially yourself and that even among enemies, there are things to be discovered. Author C. M. Martens brings a new kind of paranormal world to life in this stunning debut.

What do you think?