Are you having problems Finding the Keys to a Great Ending for Your Story?
a) Whatever the ending of your story is, what happens when it ends must have been foreshadowed earlier in the story. There must be a logical connection between the build up in the story and the way that the culmination of events tie up and form a logical conclusion and give you the Keys to a Great Ending for Your Story.
b) Unless you’re writing a story where you don’t care about what the reader thinks about the end, you should aim for the Ending to be a positive upswing that shows the reader that your protagonist/Hero has been on a journey or an experience that has caused him or her to change for the better. The protagonist must understand what their problem is and why it hinders them from achieving their goal. After they have been through a series of changes they will, during your climax, then muster energy and new found understanding to overcome the obstacles and win the day. In the process the baddies or opposition/antagonist will get their rightful comeuppance .
c) Earlier in your story the antagonist sets obstacles that cause the protagonist to have a really horrible time of it. You don’t want the lead character to simply react to these problems with avoidance strategies or have a magic wand waved to make the problem go away, you want the lead character to overcome these problems,which mean everything to him, and in so doing, learn something new about himself and the bad Guys in the story. This means coming up with good events that will convince the reader that this apparent wimp of a character you are portraying is in fact on the way to becoming a hero or ,at least, is going to eliminate his own world of problems and in the meantime save somebody through sacrifice or save himself through redemption.
d) The events that cause problems must escalate and seem to reach a point of impossibility. But yet, when all seems lost and most people would throw the towel in, your main character will have changed enough to be able to deal with the final insurmountable problem and destroy the beast of an antagonist with a blow so metaphysical or out of this world that it leads your trembling reader to fall out their chair and say, ” Oh my god, I never thought that could happen but it did!”
e) Whether you are a “Seat of the Pants” writer or an “Outliner” you will need to know the course of your story very clearly in order to be able to know how your own story ends. For some, this means having to wait until they have done their seat of the pants thing and at least written a large part of their story so that they can see a story-arc that gives them a pointer towards possible endings. At this point it is advisable to sit down a write something like an outline or list of events that will cover what has happened so far in the story. It clears the mind and puts things in order. It’s in the middle of writing and when there is already a lot of words written that you are in danger of feeling like it’s turning into chaos. If that’s the feeling, then how can anybody say they know their ending? Get organised and at least use a list of events to keep you on track. In writing an outline of some kind after first writing story, the seat of the pantser will thank themselves because it will be clearer to see the way ahead – to the end. Reading an outline everyday while working on a novel can get the unconscious working and cause great ideas to pop up at any time. These ideas are always relative to the point of focus.
If your problem is finding an ending for your story, then try writing it down in a 500 word summary form and then give yourself the task of coming up with a great ending for your story. It is Important that you are serious about the task and that you then forget all about it as a problem – don’t mull it over,just let it go. You will be surprised how very soon your deeper self will have worked it out and start to suggest formulated ideas about what must happen at the end of the story.
Take a look at your individual characters to discover the Key to that great ending.
To help your thoughts gather themselves and begin to work on formulating ideas for an ending take a look at your character arcs. Study their path and their motives. Think about how in real life people do things and always end up somewhere, maybe often close to what they wanted, and ask yourself questions about if your character is really on the right path to accomplish his or her goals.
Doing this will help you find a the ending that will satisfy you and your readers.