Endings – How Important Are They? Do They Have to be Happy

Author Don Massenzio

endIn the past days , I’ve talked about book openings and middles in  my posts. This post talks about the other end of your book, the ending. It will briefly discuss the types of endings and the importance of choosing the right one for your book.

Just_Hanging_AroundLeaving the reader hanging – is it a good idea?

Many sources will tell you not to end your book with a cliffhanger. The reader needs some satisfaction or a happy ending to complete their reading experience. In my opinion, the answer to this is not quite that simple.

As someone who has written a series, I strive to make each book capable of being read as a standalone story. There is, however, a backstory arc for my main character that continues from book to book. What I like to do is resolve the current story within the book but provide a lead in…

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8 thoughts on “Endings – How Important Are They? Do They Have to be Happy

  1. I ended my first book with not exactly a cliff hanger, but more a promise of things of the come. A lot of unanswered questions, but having survived his first year back in civilian law enforcement was more what the book was about. Hell, there won’t be a happy ending till about book four or five.

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