Endings

3 Other Ways To Write That Happy Ever After Ending

Walking Into The Sunset We won’t always admit it, but most of us love a happy ending to a story. How many movies or TV shows have we watched with the cliché ‘into the sunset’ ending – either the lone hero riding off into the…
The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

What are the elements of a great book? I used to do manuscript appraisals when I taught creative writing full time. I would never have been able to do it without teaching, though, because teaching taught me how to become a critical reader. I learnt…

Write Your Novel In A Year – Week 8: Untying The Knots

Welcome to week 8 of Anthony Ehlers's series that aims to help you write a novel in a year. Read last week's post here. Goal setting Develop the ending of your novel in your synopsis. Decide what roles your characters will play in the story. Revise the outlines…

How To Write A Story With A Great Open Ending

Guest Post When you write fiction, you may not always end with a scene or chapter that neatly wraps up the conflicts and storylines. Instead, you may want to leave your readers with an open ending. There are three reasons for doing this:  You leave…

The 5 Essential Elements Of A Perfect Ending

'Nobody reads a book to get to the middle.' ~Mickey Spillane We can divide a story into a beginning, which is roughly a quarter of a book, a middle, which is half the book, and an end, which is the last quarter. This last part…

14 Points To Consider Before You Write The Ending

The end is near Ending your story is often harder than starting it. You’ve made plenty of promises you have to keep. Let’s be honest. The most annoying / irritating / brilliant / devastating / terrifying / awesome thing about fiction is that anything, yes ANYTHING, can happen.…

3 Surprises You Need In A Story

I have been writing about first drafts these past few weeks. I should be discussing step three next, inciting moments, but we have said plenty about inciting moments. Look at these posts: Why Is This Day Different? Knowing When To Start Your Story The Importance…

6 Ways To Create Satisfying Scene Endings

A great song plays on the radio. As soon as the last chorus fades, we wish we could hear it again. A plane touches down on the runway and we’re relieved that we’ve made a safe journey. We wave goodbye to a good friend. We wonder when we’ll…
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