IWSG: March 2022 - Keeping your Ducks in a Row

It’s that time again to gather together as writers and blog about our insecurities.
This post was written for the Insecure Writer's Support Group monthly blogging event created by author Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex's awesome co-hosts this month are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence! Be sure to visit each cohost and Alex. Visit the IWSG website for a list of other bloggers participating.

The optional questions for March are: Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?

I will not be using the monthly question. However, speaking of scenes… 

I’m currently writing a new story for a group reading. The fun is that the short story will be read in four parts. The difficult part is that the ending needs to jive with the beginning once I’ve read it to the group. Currently, I have three endings and that could be a problem. In all three endings someone dies. Who did it? I think I know, but maybe not. My goal is to set up Part One to work with all three endings.  

I feel for all of the serial writers out there. You have to keep your ducks in a row or someone will call you out. 

How about you? Do you ever change your mind about the ending of a story you’re writing? Do you ever finish a book or short story and think you could have written a better ending? 



  1. Good luck selecting the ending you feel is right!

  2. Ooh, have fun with that story! There is a famous author I will no longer read because of the endings. They're all rushed and incomplete and make me feel as if I wasted my time and money with the entire book. I read three and had the same reaction each time, so I said no more.

  3. Three endings? I'm lucky to come up with one.
    I need to check - you are not showing up in my Feedly for some reason...

  4. Hi Teresa - good to see you posting again. What fun to write for a group ... sounds really interesting ... why don't you make it into the group's guessing game? Cheers and have fun - Hilary

  5. I hope you zero in on one ending, although I must say I'm impressed by the three endings. I did write a story once that had an ending I wasn't expecting. I hadn't set out writing with the thought of that kind of an ending because it made the story far too serious and tragic but I left it the way it was because it came from my character, not from me. Happy IWSG day.

  6. Sounds like fun! Kind of like when they put on Agatha Christie's Mousetrap as a play and they have alternate versions so that you can have different murderers every night :)

  7. Keeping ducks in a row sure needs to be done. That's a lot of endings lol

  8. It sounds like an impossible task. I have just completed the sequel to my children's novel and it was a nightmare keeping track of everything. I just love Millie!

  9. I have problems coming up with good endings, but I have the same problem with beginnings and middles.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  10. Have fun with your story!



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