Should a denouement ever surprise its author?

When all the teeny-tiny plot points are put together and explained away in one final tell-all moment, should the writer of said moment ever be the one left most slack-jawed of all?

Oh, probably not.


Leave the door open to a surprised gasp from yourself. An author’s dumbfounded double-take at their own denouement is bloody fun in a controlled environment.

So while I always shut that final door on the story firmly, I never, ever lock it.

If brilliance once to sneak in at the very last moment, let it.

Until tomorrow…



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