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4 Tips for Writing a Killer Ending to Your Story

J. Young-Ju Harris

When it comes down to it there is really only one rule about writing a good ending for a story: the ending you write has to fulfill the promises you made during your story.

The much tougher part can be coming up with an ending that succeeds in doing that. I think as authors we all want that amazing ending that not only satisfies the reader but makes them think about what they read and remember it years down the line.

Sadly, I can’t tell you how to write the perfect ending, but I can give you some tips about things that will make the ending of your story work. I will leave the creative and artist decisions that make it truly stand out to you.

1.) Don’t Leave Any Questions Unanswered

Throughout your story, your job as a writer is to raise questions (i.e. conflicts). But by the end…

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Prologues and Epilogues

This post has some good information about prologues and epilogues. Just note that in memoirs, prologues (and sometime epilogues too) are anticipated. Just thought I’d throw this disclaimer up first.

Dominique Wren

Many books have either a prologue or an epilogue; sometimes they even have both. You might even ask, why are they there? There are some important things to know about both:

1. Both are absolutely and completely not necessary.
2. You are not required to add them to your novel; some might even argue that you shouldn’t include either.
3. You can use one without the other.

Now, let me take a little closer look at them.

Prologues

Prologues, of course, go at the beginning of a novel. I see prologues as a separate story that should be connected to the main body of a novel somehow; the author is setting the novel up for their readers. A prologue should help the reader make sense of events that occur later on in the story; a case can be made that prologues are a fancy way of using foreshadowing. The events…

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