We all know real life stories that end badly. Life is like that. In fiction, a story can have an unhappy ending, too. But if the writer doesn’t want the reader to feel that reading the story has been a complete waste of time some good must come out of the unhappy ending no matter how slim the chances for future happiness are.
If the protagonist of our story must died, his or her death had better serve the greater good. And, the protagonist must realize that his or her death will serve the greater good. This is the only way the protagonist will be able to accept self-annihilation. The protagonist must be “aware” of his or her situation.
There can be all sorts of variations on the unhappy ending. The unhappy story does not need to end in death. It can be about the end of a love affair. Just make sure the end of the love affair teaches your protagonist a lesson the protagonist will never forget. This the reader can happily accept.
Total futility, the reader cannot accept. Keep writing stories of total futility and finding an audience will be very difficult.
For stories with all kinds of endings, go to the sidebar on the right and check out “Great Flash Fiction Stories To Read”.
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