Here I am again. So, my biggest hurdle in the history of anything I've ever written has been how in the world to end my novel. I started it in 2000 as a literary doodle, but my idea was cool enough (to me) that I followed it and it became this big huge epic thingy. I loved writing it so much that I never wanted it to end, but I realize that at some point it must. (This is not my vampire story. A whole different thing completely.) The novel is essentially a love story, taking place in a medieval-fantasy setting (because, dragons! and knights! I am a cliché). I've been told the story is Lovecraftian, too, because of insidious evil, nightmares, and such. The gist of it is, my protagonist gets possessed by a banished evil deity and is violently corrupted. In order for the deity to be brought back to the world, the guy needs to have ritual sex with some tasty girl and get her pregnant. (I don't understand the whole "She has to be a virgin!" thing that's so common in these scenarios... Just, why? Is the womb like, not even usable anymore if she's had sex ever? Even if she was never pregnant? Gah. If someone can clarify this beyond "Because purity" that'd be great.) She will then give birth to the deity and everyone lives happily ever after for about ten seconds. Anyway. The protagonist finds a lovely girl and obviously falls in love with her. The plan goes sour, because now he can't bring himself to complete the ritual (which would kill her) and evil deity is pissed. Drama ensues, the deity kills him, and I'm left staring at the page like "... Oh. Well, shit. I didn't really want it to end there. Line?" I feel like I've plotted myself into a corner here. I'm sort of okay with him ultimately getting killed, but there are still lots of loose ends to tie up if I stick with the ending I have. Also, there are a zillion things I need to edit in the main story, but the synopsis above is how it's going to end up. If you read it as is, you'd just make this face: and probably chase me off with pitchforks and torches.