Endings are extremely important because they can leave a reader with a sour taste in his/her mouth if not satisfying. www.thecreativepen.com 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.
- Do not abandon subplots.
- Consider figuring out the ending before you write the beginning.