I was contemplating how to make a happy ending of this romance novella, and of course, this being a romance novella, the young couple end up together and happy. But what about the other conflicts?
Does a happy ending mean everything is all wrapped up in the ending? That the conflicts presented at the beginning of the story are all resolved happily?
I’m thinking no. Much of the “contrivance” and “deus ex machina” that annoy us as readers will come from trying to resolve every conflict happily.
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