Monday, March 26, 2012

Alternate Endings...


Migraine (n): an extremely severe paroxysmal headache, usually confined to one side of the head and often associated with nausea; hemicrania.

A friend of mine visited this weekend. I hate it when it visits. Yes, I call it, it: as in Migraine.  This time of the year, when the temperatures fluctuate so much, is the worse. So, all my wonderful plans of writing over the weekend turned into long naps on the couch (if you can call them naps with the twitching eye) all the while thinking about the writing. Well, at least I could think, right?

So, what was the thinking about? An Alternate Ending to my WIP. Yes, the kinds you see in some movies. Why not a book? The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. My current project is finished (aside for a few holes to fill between the chapters with a bit more secondary character development), but as I was writing the end of the book I wasn't sure which way to go.

I faced two choices the MC could make, and of course she chose one, but I wondered what would happen if she chose the other. How would her life change? How would it affect the others?

So, to answer my question I decided to write and alternate ending.  Whether I continue the stories or not, still remains to be seen (probably will), but how cool would that be? Don't like this ending - try the other one!

Now, as genius as that idea sounds (at least to me), I'm sure someone has done it already. They have to have done it. Right? I'm sure it's been done, but I haven't heard of it yet.

So my question to you is, have you heard of or read a book with an alternate ending?


Annalisa Crawford said...

Technically, my novella had lots of different endings!

Did you ever read those kids books years ago which had an option at the end of every page? You had to flick backwards and forwards, chosing what happened in the story. Mine was about ants!

Cassie Mae said...

Sorry about the migraine. Yuck. Hope it disappears soon.

I've written a ton of different endings, but the only alternate endings I've read are from the pick your own adventure thing in the Goosebumps series, lol.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Just in Choose Your Own Adventure books, but movies have multiple endings sometimes.
Hope your head stops hurting!

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Marta,

Thanks for the follow and am doing the same :)

Haven't read anything with an alternate ending, but why not :)

Cherie Reich said...

I hope you're over your migraine soon. And it is a very good thing you could think during one.

Besides the choose-your-own-adventure books, I'm not sure I've come across others with alternate endings. I like the idea, though. It could be fun.

michelle said...

I hope you feel better soon, Marta!

Alternate endings... could be a new craze! It would change the entire way you look at plot development!
With the absence of GFC, I'm now following via Networked Blog Widget (also installed mine...)

M Pax said...

Sorry about your migraine. My husband had one over the weekend, too.

I've not read a book with alt endings yet, but it could be the next craze. If it's a series, how would that effect the next book?

Ciara said...

The only thing that pops into my little brain is the old 80's books that you choose from two options at the end of each chapter. Not, so much an alternate ending though.