I kept my characters out of jail because my last two stories -- also with first sections rewritten dozens of times -- gushed out their final scenes with what I thought were perfect endings. In those stories, I’d trusted that when the time came to end the story I’d do it fast. And I did.
This Irish story was different, and while I waited for some magical flow that would finish it, I began to hate the over-worked early parts. That’s when I realized I couldn’t count on the ending coming when it was ready. I had to get in there and struggle with it -- fight for every sentence.