Hi! I have the same sort of dilemma as one of your previous anons. After I finished my first draft, I had a “what if?” moment. This alternative plot twist will increase the shock value of my story and same as your previous anon, I don’t have to change much of my story because somehow most of the clues are in place. But going with this plot twist, my story will not have a happy ending and I really want to give my MCs a happy ending because they deserved it. Thoughts? Thank you.
You always have to do what’s best for your story, even if it means not giving your characters the happy ending you think they deserve. The story is more important than you characters’ happiness. If the story will be better by sacrificing their happy ending, then that’s what you have to do. After all, that happy ending isn’t going to matter to the reader if the rest of the story was lackluster.
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You shouldn’t write something you don’t want to write because of some vague notion that the story will be better. Its your story. Do whatever you want to do or try to reconcile all of it, I’m sure it can be done.