Whether it’s a book, short story or a poem, sooner or later, the writing must come to an end. And just as with your project, so must this one. That doesn’t mean I’m finished with the lessons. It means we must talk about the end of your story.
With every book I’ve written, the ending, for me, is the most difficult aspect to do correctly. For me, writing crime novels, the case must be solved. For Harry Potter, he must find a solution to the mystery with which he is embattled. I don’t know what you are writing, but the for the most part, the principles are the same.
You must find an ending that will capture the minds of your readers, not to mention the bad guys, and leave them with a desire to look forward to your next masterpiece.
Trust me on this…NEVER ACCEPT YOUR FIRST DRAFT OF AN ENDING AS THE BEST ENDING POSSIBLE.
When I finished my first novel, Through the Eyes of Death, I changed the ending seven times before I was satisfied that it was done right. Let me translate that for you. When I finished my first book, Through the Eyes of Death, my wife made me re-write the ending seven time before she said it didn’t stink.
Endings are hard. There is a feeling that I want to have when I close a book at the end. I want to feel good about the time I spent reading it. I want the satisfaction of knowing that the characters I got to know, who became a part of my life and I theirs, had justice served. At the very least, barring any of the former, I want some type of surprise, something that makes me say, “Holy crap, Batman.”
When I rate a book on a five star system, I always start from a three star position. If the book flows right, and if the story doesn’t bore me to death, and I can finish it, then it gets three stars. Lacking any of that, the number falls.
If the story keeps my attention; has a good plot line, and interesting characters, the number goes to four.
Now here’s the key for me: I ONLY GIVE FIVE STARS IF ALL OF THE PREVIOUS IS MET AND THE STORY HAS A GREAT ENDING.
If you want your work to stand out…finish out with a great ending.
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