“Maybe stories are just data with a soul.”
- Brene’ Brown
Welcome to The Daily Buzz, Yellow Scribe’s daily writer’s blog. We’re here to help you write and most importantly – publish that book! Today’s article talks about the ways of ending a story.
Storytelling is an inevitable process which we often use in our daily life as well. Every man has a story, be it tragic or happy. However, a story is designed with an ending. After all, one can’t possibly keep narrating a story to the level of infinity! You don’t want to drive a person cray – cray, do you? Here, we shall be discussing the ways of ending a written story. Verbal stories are generally arresting since you get to view the facial expressions as well. However, we need to fetch that same effect on the paper through your words.
Here, I will be discussing the ways of ending a story through a step by step approach.
Complete The First Part!
The first thing to be done is to complete the prologue, introduction and content part of the story. After all, that is the first step to reach the conclusion, isn’t it?
Consider The Flow Of Your Story!
The second step is to consider the sequence of your story and the way you created the flow of the story. Once you get that, decide on the ending appropriately.
Dependent On The Genre!
The ending of a story largely depends on the genre it exhibits. So take special efforts in generating originality and then arriving on a specific type of conclusion. The conclusion too, needs to arouse the sentiments of the readers and must be captivating enough to win their hearts.
Brainstorm on the types of endings you wish to assign to your story. Below, are the different types of endings:
Types Of Endings:
- Happy Ending!
Most of the stories have happy endings especially the ones that focus on the justice of the divine and love stories. Love stories fall into both the categories; happy as well as sad ending. You could end the story on a happy note and arouse hope and bliss among the readers. Happy endings usually leave a greater impact on the audience and would keep them glued to your books in the future. For instance, Lisa Grey could be the protagonist in a story who struggles all her life and receives all the luxuries in the end. She finds her true love and attains popularity. Such an ending could have a positive impact on people and would provide a good message that ‘Fruits of hard work never go in vain’.
- Sad Ending!
Some authors end their stories on a sad note. Some people literally sob the ending! However, such type of endings ameliorate the tragic genre. It would be better to incorporate such endings in a seperate genre, since not many people are fans of tragic endings (including me). Such endings make us feel one with the character and we mourn the plight of it. Let us take the identical example of Lisa who struggles and toils all her life for her parents. A sad ending would be that she, along with her parents die in a car accident thus, making things worse and directing the story to a tragic set of events wherein the girl who dreamed of a perfect life couldn’t ever achieve it. Instead, she died with an incomplete desire.
- Mystery Ending!
Such types of endings are normally abrupt ones since they lighten your brain bulbs and leave you with a question to which no answer ever arrives. In short, such endings conclude with a rhetorical question in our minds and we ponder upon the mystery whatsoever. These endings fit best in the mystery as well as horror genres as they double the suspense factor. For instance, Lisa Grey entered the woods with her friends and disappeared. Upon investigation, her friends claim to have seen a mysterious creature in there. The mystery part here, Is Lisa dead? Or has she been kidnapped?
If you wish to make your audience curious enough, then choosing this type of ending should help. This type of ending will compel them to create the other half of the story thereby making them keen enough to write as well. So I guess, this would be a great way to encourage literature since, people are always eager to fill in the blanks.
- Inspirational Ending!
These type of endings fall in motivational books. They leave an important message for the readers and affect their thought processes. An ending that nudges you towards achieving something or being good or loving your life and the list goes on. In short, this is an ending that motivates you and could even change your outlook towards life. Fables are great examples of such endings. They usually leave an intense message for the readers.
Thus, I would conclude stating that you must end your story as per your desire. You are the master of that pen you hold. You are the king of your mind. However, endings are closely intertwined with the genre so do keep an eagle’s eye towards that. Every type of ending is hunky – dory since it depends on the interests of your readers. Go with the ones that best suit you and your writing. Pick your favourite genre and design your ending appropriately. Don’t let your conclusion go astray. Don’t establish an irrelevant conclusion. It should be completely significant to the flow of your story and must highlight sheer originality. After all, the ending of your story has a role to play in enhancing the quality of your write – up. People mostly admire a story on the basis of its ending. So, be vigilant and craft a creative ending that captivates the audience and makes reading worth it.
“Don’t forget – No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories you have to tell.”
- Charles De Lint
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