Playing with the Unknown

As a reader of fiction, I’ve always wanted to know what happens in so many of the novels and short stories after they leave you hanging, never quite giving you all the information. I think most readers can relate to that. You become attached to the characters, or the situation, and an ambiguous ending leaves you without the complete resolution or closure that you want to have. On one hand, you understand that that’s one aspect that makes the story so enthralling to you; still, though, you want to know more.

That’s one of the reasons I find it funny that I, as a fairly new writer, like writing my readers into this same situation.

Without expressly meaning to, I’ve been playing with the unknown- the very thing that bugged me. Although I’m now not so sure that that frustration was bad. I actually liked those authors, and those stories- maybe because they bugged me, because I was left wondering.

“The challenge of the unknown future is so much more exciting than the stories of the accomplished past”. -Simon Sinek

But we don’t write about what will happen- it is happening, at least when the story’s being read. We don’t know the future, so we relate even more to not knowing it in stories, no matter how frustrating that can be at times. The only difference is, we’ll eventually find out our own future. But unless the writer decides to continue their story in a sequel of some sort, we’ll be forever at a loss, left to speculate what happened after we read the last words on the last page.

Weirdly enough, sometimes that’s the best part.

I admire writers who do this so much more now that I see how difficult it really is. You want to make sure not to reveal all the information, but you also can’t leave too much out- readers will get bored or, at the very least, confused. It’s a fragile process.

I’m just beginning to experiment with this concept, and I know I have a lot of work to do- but don’t most writers? The important thing is, for both readers and writers- don’t forget, the unknown is intriguing. Sometimes, it’s more exciting not to know it all.

P.S. Thank you so much for supporting me as I start my blog! This is an experiment for me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂

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