So I saw the theme for the new writing contest, and I started chewing on it. As always the case, a story congealed in my imagination. I was like, "This is great stuff!" I knew roughly how would I would start. (...and I was stoked.) I knew how the middle was going to work out. (Hooray!) I would figure out the climax at some point, I knew the diamond was there, I just waited to chip away the coal. So I wrote about 2k of the story, and BANG, the ending wasn't working. It didn't punch hard enough. No matter how many ways I tried to make it work, I couldn't get the magic in the ending. It's like I'm at the end of 'It's a Wonderful Life' and all I can think of is Clarence giving George his life back, with an extra hundred bucks and a beer coozie. It's unfulfilling. I'm just frustrated, I like the story, I like the premise, but I can't squeeze enough juice out of the ending. I don't know, maybe I just shelve it and try again next week. ~ J. J.