East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

In the service of the hero(ine)


Ah, decisions, decisions…

What is better?

a . a very powerful finale that provides a huge hook for other stories, but requires heavy reliance on deus ex machina, somewhat disempowering the main character?



b . a smaller-scale finale without too many whistles and bells, but featuring an action-packed set piece (or two!), showcasing all the best qualities of the main character, providing ample opportunities for all-out heroics?


Yes, I know, I know…
Silly question.
I do prefer the second, too.
And this means rewriting about 3000 words of my story.
And yet, this is the debut of the character – if I can’t give her the best, even the great hooks and thingies will feel lame in the end.
As a writer, I’m fully in the service of my heroes, and heroines.
It is my responsibility to help them look their best.

So ok, time to do some heavy editing.
No, call it rewriting…

And yes, this is still a problem with the Atlantean sword of power we discussed yesterday.

If only could I find a way to eat the cake and have it…

ADDENDUM: found it!

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “In the service of the hero(ine)

  1. Um, screw the traditional format. Write them both and include them in your story. After your A ending, put a big fat OR and include your optional B ending.


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