Writing: Disappearance at High Noon

April 2, 2012

photo from 'Art is Life is Art: Susan Reep Photo Art'

photo from Susan Reep Photo Art

Disappearance at High Noon  was a story that was easy to write but hard to figure out.

We have a lost girl. Someone in distress who is set among others who will to make that distress even more harmful to her.

She’s offered help, but the wrong kind for dealing with her plight. The harshness is told in dreamy ways; the best way to avoid the truth of it all. A way to soften it, to let that distress disappear. 

And these characters find more than one way to disappear. Drugs, insanity, delusion, guilt. The hard part of writing this was asking myself what I meant with the ending.

Then it dawned on me.

The reader gets to figure that out. If they see things one way – that’s the ending they bring to the piece. It’s the individual reactions that make the story -open-ended.  But I have to tell you, that’s really something to let go of: that bit of your story that tells the reader where they should be going. Where they are being pointed to.

Letting it go is very weird.  It’s not ‘freeing’, it’s scary. But then, that’s what makes the story one I like so much.


For novice writers out there. Are you shoving your readers toward the endings? With the ‘point’ you’re trying to make with your work? Try letting go with the explaining and  stage direction. See when letting go takes you. You may ned up in a scary place, but maybe, so will your readers.

And it might be a good thing.






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