February 7, 2011

More Endings

My last post covered a few different types of endings, especially those juicy twist endings. But you can't just throw a twisty device in there because you like twists. It needs to fit with the rest of your story. Kim Davis had a workshop last year with two students who had this problem. You can read about it in her post: Troubles With Twist Endings.

So how do you know when to make your ending a twist? How do you find the end to your novel? I've taken some classes that discuss this at length. One good article you can find online: How to Write the End of a Novel by C. Patrick Schulze. He presents the basic types of endings as well as some tips for how to write the end of a novel. One of my favorites:
Ensure your ending delivers as much emotion as did the beginning and middle.
And something I'm trying to do in my work in progress:
Draw it naturally from your characters’ personalities.
Also in this article? The four unacceptable endings. I'm sure none of you have ever used one of these.

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