Story Endings

We have already looked at different story openings, but how you end your story is just as important. There are several different ways to do it:

  • Advice: If you write an informative piece, you can end your piece with some advice for your reader.
  • Capturing Emotion/Warm Fuzzy: Tears sting your eyes when you finish the story, or you the writer has at least managed to make you feel emotional in some way.
  • Circular: End your story with the same idea, or even the same words, that you have used to start your story.
  • Cliffhanger: This kind of endings teases the reader to read onto the next chapter or the next book in a series. It leaves the reader hanging or wanting more.
  • Dialogue/Quote: When a story ends with dialogue or a quote, it captivates the reader by making the characters more realistic and revealing their personalities.
  • Humor/Funny Thought: This is not the same as the funny twist at the end, but a story that ends with a funny thought or something that makes the reader laugh.
  • Image: The writer use the show, don’t tell technique to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. Doing this, the writer touches the reader’s emotions and conveys a mood.
  • Lesson/Moral: By the time the story ends, the main character has gone through changes and has learned something.
  • Question: Writers use this ending to make their writing memorable. The writers ends their writing with a question, leaving the reader thinking of an answer.
  • Reflection: The narrator steps back and reflects on what has happened, determines the importance of the experience and what might have been learned from it.
  • Surprise/Twist: The story ends with a twist or a surprise, taking you where you didn’t think it would go. A twist doesn’t always have to be shocking, it can also be funny.
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