When you’ve read a great story, what do you think when it’s over? Does the ending leave you surprised? With a thoughtful quote? Is it a “cliffhanger” that leaves you not knowing (like in the “Series of Unfortunate Events” novels by Lemoney Snicket). Designing an ending is challenging for a writer–it’s as important as the “hook” in the beginning of your story.
Here are some different kinds of endings:
As a writer, it is up to you to think of the last thoughts or message you want your audience to remember; don’t take “short cuts.” We’ll discuss in class some of the “Top Ten” endings.
Now, take a bow, writer…
1. Exposition: The setting, characters and background.
2. Rising Action: What events lead the character to the climax of the story.
3. Climax: What event changes everything in the plot for the characters?
4. Falling Action: What events lead to the resolution/ending of the story?
5. Resolution: The ending. Try to determine what “kind” of ending the story has —
Email me if you have questions.
Yours in viewing, Mrs. L