It’s a tricky one! Ending a manuscript in the right place always poses a conundrum. How to do it? Where to stop? Well here are fifteen suggestions to help you on your way. I was going to do fifty? But my brain cannot hold fifty endings in my mind and still work, apparently.
- Tie up the all the loose parts.
- Execute massive showdown.
- Offer an epilogue.
- Slam down mystery.
- Bring it full circle to highlight what has changed!
- Explosively end with explosions.
- Chuck in some murder/death/underworld exploration/postmortem examinations/etc etc.
- Let new hope shine.
- JUMP INTO SOME TIME TRAVEL.
- Be inspired by Hamlet.
- Host a little silent puppet theatre.
- Show that it was all just a dream inside a dream inside a dream.
- Let there be change… and light … and change.
- Give everyone severe memory loss.
- Reveal that the protag and antag are actually the same person. OMG. I know.
But seriously, even if my brain cannot hold onto them, there must be a billion ways to end a tale and each one of them is awesome. If you end your manuscript and it feels very different? That could be good different. Don’t go searching for a neat and tidy ending because you want to fit in, be exciting. Be yourself. Shine like the sun.
Do you have any excellent go to endings? I think one of the brilliant things about endings is that you can do so many. If you want explosions and time travel and a mystery it can be done! Awesome. I think it’s ok to write past the ending and then retrace your steps back to it later.