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When You Reach The End...

Your story has made a full arc. You’ve had the climax. The problem has been solved. Bravo! You're almost done...

All you need now is that one scene to perfectly sum it all up. Something that will make your readers feel like your book was worth it. Don’t cheat people out of this one! It’s a big deal.

There are different approaches to endings. I will list each one. It’s up to you to decide which one to use. 


1. The Circular Ending: Your story does a full circle and revisits the beginning, but from the character’s changed viewpoint. This ending is one of my personal favorites. The way this works is, if your story opens with the character walking through the forest, close it with the character walking through the forest, but seeing it through new eyes because of all that has happened since the beginning.

2. The Moral Ending: This ending should fully portrays the character’s growth and how far they have come over the course of the story. It needs to show, not tell, the new side of this character and what the story events have made them.

3. The Surprise Ending: End the story revealing a surprising secret. For example, maybe an orphaned character’s parent could be revealed in the end of the story. It should be surprising, but not a cliffhanger.

4. The Emotion Capturing Ending: The reader feels emotional, wether that is happiness, sadness, for the characters in the story. This ending should be touching and moving. Like the parting of Sam and Frodo in the end of the Lord of The Rings books. Satisfying, but emotional. 

5. The Humor Ending: Come up with something funny (a snippet of dialogue or a funny story)! It should leave your reader laughing. This is a very upbeat way to end a book. 

6. The Cliff Hanger Ending: Leave the reader on the edge of their seat, dying to know what happens next (most common in a book for a series). If well done, this will drive sales for your next book better than anything else.

7. The Question Ending: Ask a very deep question. Something with a lot of thematic relevance. This should leave your reader thinking.

8. The Image Ending: This should leave a deep impression in your reader’s mind. Describe a scene (using the show don’t tell rule, of course) and really tie up the story events and your character. Give them an image to cling to; something that will stick with them long after the book is over.

9. The Dialogue Ending: Finish the story with one final word from a character (or characters).

I hope you found this helpful and fun! Thank you so much for taking a peek!
I love hearing from you! Don’t hesitate to comment below if there is any particular subject you would like me to address in my next post. How do you end your books? Did this post help you with ending your book?

Thanks for the read!


     Meredith Cole




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