Hi, I'm Ray Evans. I'm a certified copyeditor and proofreader.
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We all know how much I love fiction, and I'm here to give you some tips that are going to blow your
minds! Or, at the very least, teach you how to write a fantastic ending to your stories. Buckle up,
because here we go!
Tie up those loose ends, but not too tight!
You know what really grinds my gears? When a story leaves loose ends dangling like yesterday's
laundry. It's irritating! So, be sure to wrap up those plot points, but remember: don't make it too neat.
Life's messy, so let your story's conclusion reflect that. A little ambiguity never hurt anyone, right?
Give your characters their just desserts.
I'm not saying you should reward the good guys and punish the baddies (although that's always a
crowd-pleaser). What I mean is: give your characters an ending that feels true to their journey. But
please, for the love of all that's holy, don't let them drone on about their emotions for five pages.
Nobody has time for that.
A twist? Yes, but only if it makes sense.
Nothing spices up a story like a good twist, but a twist for the sake of a twist is just...well, twisted.
Make sure it's properly foreshadowed and doesn't feel like you pulled it out of thin air. The last thing
you want is a reader saying, "Oh, come on! Really?!"
Avoid the ol' deus ex machina.
Listen, I get it. You've written yourself into a corner, and you don't know how to get out. But please,
resist the urge to have a magical solution just "happen" to solve everything. Your readers will roll their
eyes so hard they'll see their own brain cells.
Bring it back to the beginning.
You know what's satisfying? When a story comes full circle. Have a callback to something from the
beginning of your tale, maybe a symbol or an event. But don't be too obvious about it. Subtlety is key,
Evoke emotion, but don't overdo it.
If your reader doesn't feel anything at the end of your story, well, you've done something wrong. That
being said, don't force the emotions. Let your characters and the story do the talking. Or else you risk
coming off as a melodramatic mess. And trust me, no one wants that.
End with a bang, not a whimper.
Lastly, make sure your ending has impact. It doesn't have to be an explosion, but it should leave a
lasting impression on your reader. If they close your book with a shrug, well, you might want to
rethink that conclusion.
And there you have it! Seven tips to create a memorable and satisfying ending to your story. Follow
these, and you'll have your readers clamoring for more. Or at least not throwing your book across the
room in frustration. That's a win in my book!