Writing A Book: 6 Ending Types

K.M. Allan

You may know it when you start, it might pop up when outlining, or you could have no clue until you’re writing the last chapter, but every book needs an ending, and every writer needs to work out the best kind to use.

Luckily for us, there are plenty of options to choose from, such as the following 6 types!

Writing A Book: 6 Ending Types

1) Resolved/Tied Up

As I’m sure you can guess from the name, this type of book ending resolves everything.

It’s the happy-ever-after, tie-it-up-in-a-neat-bow, totally satisfying option.

For a resolved ending to work, your story should do its best to answer every unanswered question, address the story conflicts, and mysteries, and complete the character arcs.

It doesn’t mean everything has to be perfect and the ending happy, but it does carry the expectation of closure, which means you’ve got to practice your knots…

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5 thoughts on “Writing A Book: 6 Ending Types

  1. I’m surprised that the abrupt ending wasn’t mentioned in that list. That seems to be getting more common these days. I had to laugh when I came across this bad book review on Goodreads where the reviewer was fed up with abrupt endings. They were like, “Authors, finish your books! Stop being lazy!” Or perhaps the abrupt ending is like a wannabe ambiguous ending.

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