The Perfect Ending

What is the perfect ending?

For all writers endings can be elusive. When we watch most mainstream movies, we are satisfied with the nice, wrapped up endings, all the plots in order and everything accounted for. In writing fiction, Hollywood endings can spell disaster. Sometimes the ending should be chaotic, unpredictable, and most of all, not everything should be wrapped up. In doing so, you give readers a chance to dwell in your world a moment longer, to let them think about what could happen next.

Now, as a writer, you’ll want them to follow your narrative past the last puncuation mark. Your characters and their actions are integral into finding out “what happens next.” If you have strong, character led actions and interactions, readers will have a fair idea of what happens after the story. Not everything should be spelled out for them. Readers are smart. The best example I can think of is this: pick someone in your life that you know very well, and in your imagination, put them through several senarrios as if you are telling them a big secret about you. How would they react? You want your readers to have a good sense of your characters so they can do the exact same thing.

Also, the perfect ending is more than just leaving a little more to be desired. It must also come naturally out of the text. “Pulling the rug out” is a term for saying “ha ha, I got you!” and readers do not like that. If it seems that Silvia will punch her boyfriend Bob, and instead she forgives, readers will notice and feel betrayed. Explore the truest emotions and question the actions of your characters; it could lead you to unexpected paths and perfect endings.


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