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Stick the Landing, Pt. 2: A Taxonomy of Story Endings

By Daniel Hope

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the importance of a great ending. In this installment, we cover the major kinds of story endings. In Part 3, we look at some of the common problems that ruin endings.

Ending a story isn’t the hard part. Making the ending satisfying to the reader is the truly difficult task. Sometimes, you don’t need to tie all plot strings into the prettiest of bows at the end. Sometimes the answer is actually a question. But the point is that the reader needs to see that plot bow or run smack into that question and feel fulfilled, like the story was enlightening. They have to feel that it was worth their time.

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Stick the Landing, Pt. 1: The Importance of Great Endings

By Daniel Hope

This is the first in a three-part series. In Part 1 of this series, we talk about the importance of a great ending. In Part 2, we cover the major kinds of story endings. In Part 3, we look at some of the common problems that ruin endings.

Writing a story, particularly a short story, is like making a great vault in gymnastics. Not sure what I mean? Watch this video of a fantastic example from the 2012 Olympics.

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