Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Nail the Ending
Yes, but only if the ending satisfies the reader!
What makes a great ending?
•I like a story where every character gets their resolution. The main character provides the action that resolves the main character's problem and the supporting cast gets to solve their issues in the subplots.
•The ending feels like "that really is the only way it could have happened." The author has set me up completely through the character's actions and personality traits to believe the story had to end that way.
•It ends. I know this sounds obvious, but I read a lot of books that are part of a series. The best, the one's that stand out, the ones whose next titles get written in my calendar, are the ones that end, even though there will be another book. The next book in a series is for a loose end or a emerging story question that was left to tantalize me into opening my purse and swiping my debit card again. Don't worry--I'll do that.
•The main character (and hopefully a few others) changes. I don't need them to change all the way through, but at the end there has to be a change of circumstance, attitude, physical/mental/emotional ability--something!