Creative Writing Tutorials

Endings are extremely important because they can leave a reader with a sour taste in his/her mouth if not satisfying. suggests the following tips for writing your ending:

  • Don't magically make everything turn out fine.
  • Link the story to a larger theme, and end on a high note.
  • If it's a twist ending, hint at it throughout the book so the reader is surprised, but not entirely confused.
  • Don't use sappy contemplation (ie: main character thinking for several pages)
  • Depending on your genre, stick with what you have to do (e.g.: romance novels ending with the characters getting together)
  • The ending is not the climax- the ending has to be after the climax so the reader can catch his/her breath.
  • Consider figuring out the ending before you write the beginning.