February is almost over, and even though I had originally planned to do one blog series per month, I’m getting a head start on my ‘Epic Endings’ series. Why? Well, because NaNo WriMo planning will take over for the last half of March so I wanted to be sure that I could comfortably fit in this series.
First, I thought we could talk about our beginnings. What were your characters like in the beginning of your story, and what are they like now? Has their journey changed them? These questions can help you with the ending of your story.
Still not following? Well, think of it this way. When you’re writing a formal essay, you generally need a beginning paragraph, a few evidence paragraphs, and then your conclusion. In writing your conclusion you almost always reflect on your intro by rewriting your thesis statement. While you probably don’t have a thesis statement lying around in your story’s beginning, it is still a good idea to take content from your beginning and alter it to fit your ending.
For example, let’s say that in the beginning of your story your main character was caught in a lie by his friends. So, in your ending, another opportunity comes up for the character to lie to his friends to look popular, but he doesn’t take it.
Even by not knowing what happened entirely in this example story, we can identify clearly that the character obviously went through some sort of moral change. This is what you want your readers to realize about your character when reading your story.
Adding in this scene of character change shouldn’t be sudden, but it should go along with the gradual changes that your character underwent in the novel.
The easiest way to do this is to take a scene from the beginning of the novel and morph it to what makes the most sense in the novel now. I feel as if this goes without saying, but don’t completely copy the scene word for word.
While there are so many different ways to write a great ending, I find this to be easy and effective for beginners.