THE END: WRITING TIPS
My blog has been about Writing Tips for the past few weeks. Today we continue down the path of Writing Tips, and we’ll be exploring the moment you type: The End.
The End of summer is nigh.
See what I did there?
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT ENDS?
When the story is over.
Okay, I was being flip.
Here is another answer: Only you will know when the story is over.
When you began writing your novel, or screenplay, or poem, or grocery list, you had some sort of idea, if only vague, of where the story would finish.
The couple married. The assassin himself was killed. A father found his child. A wife found her husband.
Batman saved the world.
You had an ending in mind.
But what if you didn’t? No problem.
It’s all gonna work out just fine.
DOES IT FEEL LIKE THE ENDING?
I’m a big believer in writing from your gut. To me, the litmus test is how I feel about what I’m writing.
If you never thought about an ending, see what your gut is telling you. Your gut will tell you when the story is over.
If I’ve gotten to a point where I can’t see what else can happen in the story, and my gut is telling me it’s over, then I’m probably at the end.
However, I will stop and use my brain to double check on my gut.
As you know, I love to ask questions about the story and characters.
Have I tied up the loose ends I wanted to tie up? Have I left mysteries I wanted to leave? Is the ending satisfying? Does it leave me irritated? Upset? Feeling cheated? Did the story become boring ten or twenty pages before the ending? Was I stretching it out too far?
Does it leave the reader wanting more? (So they’ll buy your next book.)
No matter what kind of story you’ve written, does it bring out emotion in the reader?
And finally: Am I happy with the ending? Can I do better?
(A FANCY WAY TO SAY “THE END”)
- TRUST YOUR GUT.
- LET YOUR BRAIN DOUBLE CHECK FOR YOUR GUT.
- CHECK FOR EMOTION.
- DOES IT LEAVE THE READER WANTING MORE?
- ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE ENDING?