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Stick the Landing, Pt. 3: Common Mistakes in Story Endings

By Daniel Hope

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the importance of a great ending. In Part 2, we covered the major kinds of story endings. In this final installment of the series, we look at some of the common problems that ruin endings.

It’s always important to talk about the path you should tread, the straightest road to success. But it’s also important to know things you should avoid along the way. There are plenty of traps that will ensnare you or distractions that will divert you from your goal. So now that we’ve talked about what should be in an ending, let’s talk about the things you should leave out.

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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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