How To End A Story
How To End A Story
Writing the perfect ending to a story does not have to be a challenge. Take this advice from an experienced writer and publisher to find out how you can finish your story with four different types of endings.
There are basically four kinds of endings to stories. It's not rocket science. There are happy endings, there are sad or tragic endings, there are open endings, and there are endings with a twist.
It's important to think that when you're writing your story, that you might not actually know how it's going to end. It's much easier to keep up suspense in the reader's mind if you're not certain how your story is going to work out. Sometimes, where your story ends, and the kind of ending you have is to do with where you draw the line.
For instance, you might draw the line where your characters get married, and it's a happy ending. But, if you continued the story for three years, you'd find out they got divorced, and that would be a tragedy. It's important if you're thinking about an open ending that this can be a really good way to end a story.
An open ending doesn't mean that your story is unresolved. It still has to have the climax. But after the climax, you can leave it open.
So for instance, the climax of a story might be that a character realizes they're in love with somebody, but we don't actually go on to find out whether they get married or not. With a twist ending, you have to realize that the twist should be something that the reader will then realize was obvious all along, except that they never saw it. It's important that a twist fits in with the story so when you read the twist at the end you think, "Of course.
Why didn't I realize that earlier? Now, I understand everything.” It's important when you do your ending that it answers whatever dramatic question you posed at the beginning of the story. It's important to answer that question to satisfy your reader.
And that's how to end a story. .