Here’s what not to do: Don’t try to solve these mysteries. As writers, we’re not looking to provide a lesson, or a moral; we’re not therapists looking to cure our characters of pain or neurosis. Our job, as writers, is simply to render what is using precise, concrete detail.
Don’t tell us why something is, show us how it is.
Don’t give us easy answers. Rather, help us understand the precise nature of the questions.
This notion of rendering mysteries that are deliberately left unresolved can be a difficult thing for beginning writers to accept, especially those people who are uncomfortable with ambiguity and who seek neat emotional resolutions and tidily wrapped-up plot lines. ‘For such people, fiction can be very disturbing, for the fiction writer is concerned with mystery that is lived,’ wrote O’Connor.