Ciao, SEers! This is my last post of the year, and it’s only fitting it’s on endings. I wrote one back in 2018 that discussed, among other things, climaxes, themes, and last lines in endings. Today, we’re going to go a little deeper and talk about what endings need to do and how to execute them effectively.
- What should an ending do?
You probably just rolled your eyes and thought, “End the story.” Yes, it should. But how? An ending should take the story’s emotional meaning to its highest level of tension before finally resolving all the loose ends. If the stakes aren’t raised to their highest heights, you run the risk of a low-impact story. The reader will be left feeling empty at the end.
- How can you achieve this monumental feeling?
You want to aim for a sudden reversal of fortune. In an Aristotelian comedy…
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