24 Dec 2010

On fiction compositions and conclusions-by Dominae Primus

Although we cannot deny that there are states when the conclusion appears worse than the start, yet after greater scrutiny, its benefits are within the grasp of those who know better. There are indeed states that end worse off compared to their beginning. If there’s anything of value to be derived, it should be the worth of a cautionary tale and perhaps a contrast with a parallel state.

To have a meandering story without a conclusion or a set of memoirs where nothing much happens within a closed environment is as pedestrian as daily routines of invisible lives. It is a waste of time and a burden thrust upon the patience of readers.

Concerning my own fiction compositions, I prefer to inject a conclusion to them. Even if there are hints of another story after the one just concluded, I’d prefer to keep the concluded story a closed matter. Conclusions provide a sense of closure, a real finish to things. I do not as a rule enjoy dwelling too much on a condition without offering a solution, serving as a conclusion or for some insight derived from the episode.

It is with hope that whatever that we have started, we arrive at its conclusion and a matter achieves closure. We aspire to a better state than the state in which we had commenced. Even if we have achieved the highest, we will do well to cultivate further.