Take A Bow — Great Endings

When you’ve read a great story, what do you think when it’s over? Does the ending leave you surprised? With a thoughtful quote? Is it a “cliffhanger” that leaves you not knowing (like in the “Series of Unfortunate Events” novels by Lemoney Snicket). Designing an ending is challenging for a writer–it’s as important as the “hook” in the beginning of your story.
Here are some different kinds of endings:
Splashy
Surprise
Funny
Sad
Small Detail
Circular
Factual
Quotation
Cliffhanger
As a writer, it is up to you to think of the last thoughts or message you want your audience to remember; don’t take “short cuts.” We’ll discuss in class some of the “Top Ten” endings.
Now, take a bow, writer…

 

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