A to Z Blogging Challenge: Endings
A to Z Blog Challenge / April 6, 2016

Endings are the hardest thing in all the world. Beginnings are easy. One cute hook or interesting premise and off you go! Middles can be rough, but you’re still moving, heading somewhere. Endings are the thing Readers will remember most. Endings are your last chance to make a good impression. Endings are your signature on a letter. Endings suck sausages. I struggle with endings. I’m a planner who then lets the story do its own thing. Unfortunately, you can only plan the ending so far. I know what happens at the end, but… how to do it? I haven’t yet come to a satisfactory conclusion, but I do know an ending needs to do a few things: An ending needs to wrap up all the loose ends. Even if you’re writing a series, you need to close up the story of the book itself. You can leave the main theme open (does the hero beat the Big Bad?), but you need to shut every door that is specific to that book (does the hero beat this level?). An ending needs to restate the theme of the book. Even if your theme is just “writing is hard and funny”, that needs…