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    what is an open-ended story

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by jamesE, Sep 22, 2011.

    Came across the term today, and was wondering what it meant (person said that the shorter stories in a particular publication that publishes stories from about 1000 to 18K words were more "open-ended")
     
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    It can mean several things. If a prompt says a story is open-ended, this generally means that you can write it about whatever you want, instead of them giving you a theme or required element to start with. But if an already-written story is open-ended, this generally means that the ending left some mysteries open, so the readers (or viewers if it's a movie) can use their own imaginations to speculate about whys and hows.
     
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    It could also mean that there are some lose endings to a story or movie and the readers or viewers are awaiting a sequel to the story or movie. But then again, I guess I could be wrong on this subject.
     
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    ^ Yeah, that's what I was talking about - loose endings that leave some mysteries open. You're not wrong on that, Reg. :)
     

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