I’ve reached the end of the second part of my planned trilogy, and holy cats, it’s kind of a bummer. The good guys made it out, but my MC was definitely put through the wringer. A whole theme of this story for me is that trauma doesn’t magically vanish so part three will be very much about healing.
In the meantime, I’m trying to find a way to make the ending more optimistic. Anyone else have experience with bummer endings? Advice on ways to make a rough time feel less agonizing without undercutting the seriousness?