View Full Version : Literary Coitus Interruptus

08-24-2008, 08:34 AM
Being a flash writer, my stories invariably begin in media res, and I reckon it to say that that structure is one of the central elements to sudden fiction as a whole. That being said, I like to end my stories in the exact same way, no exposition, no denouement, leaving conflict to occur in isolation. In this way, I like to think of my fiction not as "narratives" or "stories" but as a marooned snapshot, devoid of both origin and consequence.

I was just curious if anyone else shares this ethic in any way, or at least can relate with what I'm talking about. Thank you.

08-24-2008, 10:29 AM
I do this to an extent once in a while. Sometimes I have a more tidy beginning and end, but I never really do a denouement, just because I don't like them. I like ending a beat or two after the climax. Once in a while I begin and end completely in medias res, though, if it calls for it.