The End = Saying goodbye to your readers: leave a good last impression!
I won’t give details to protect their privacy, but I recently had a negative goodbye experience. I brushed it off as them merely being tired as it was crazy early in the morning, so I didn’t let it bother me.
But it did bother me a little bit. It just sort of left a bad taste in my mouth after what was otherwise a pleasant visit. I’m still looking forward to seeing that person again, but this experience (why I love being an author, every life experience is research!) reminded me of a very important lesson.
The ending of your book is like the reader saying goodbye to your characters. Don’t leave a bad last impression.
It’s hard getting to the end. It’s hard for the writer, because sometimes we can’t believe we even made it to the end. It’s hard not knowing if it’s too rushed or if all the bases and plot-lines have been satisfied – or if you should leave it on a cliffhanger.
With all the different ways to end a novel, it’s hard to pick the *right* one. But the ending is often what people remember most. So as the Doctor says, make it a good one, eh?
Readers, how do you like to feel when you finish a book? Writers, do you struggle with closing the story?
Comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on all things endings 🙂