Writing Tip — 23


The End of your story is where you tie up all the loose ends, including the major conflict you introduced in the beginning. Don’t leave any plot points hanging when you reach the end. Don’t forget, the reader has spent their time reading the book and if you leave loose ends, they will not be happy and if you expect reviews, they won’t be favorable.

This section can make or break your book. Go back and make a list of the conflicts facing your protagonist in the beginning and the middle. Make sure you resolve everything along with the climactic conflict. Even if this first book is the beginning of a series, you need to tie up the loose ends, as well as the tie in to the next book.

When dealing with the three parts of your story, having some type of outline or notes to work from will help keep you on track, which leads to less revisions and major rewrites. It’s important that your story has a logical chronological order, so your readers don’t get confused by what happens when. You need to maintain consistency in time as you write the story.

From your opening sentence to your last line, you are making a deal with every potential reader. You agree to give them something enjoyable to read. Don’t let them down.

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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6 Responses to Writing Tip — 23

  1. Chris White says:

    Thank you for this. Really useful as it makes me look at what I’m trying to achieve. All the very best.

  2. lynettedavis says:

    This is very useful. I’m at the end and I know that there are several loose ends that I still need to tie up.

  3. Pingback: Anna Dobritt’s Writing Tip 23 | Author Don Massenzio

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