The Dos and Don’ts of Ending A Story

May 24, 2014 by No Comments

The Dos and Don'ts of Ending A Story

Imagine you’ve written a story that starts off great but kind of tails off towards the end. Need some advice to make the end as good as the start? Well you’ve come to the write place as today we are looking at James V. Smith, Jr.‘s Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Novel’s Ending (although we feel you can use his advice for any story!).

First published on Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft James V. Smith, Jr.‘s provides us with nine Do’s and Don’ts which we’ll split into two sections. As always we are only going to give you the ‘headlines’ of each point below and you’ll need to head over to Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft to get the detail of each point. As we are positive people let’s start with the positives:

The Do’s

  1. Do create that sense of Oh, wow!
  2. Do enmesh your reader deeply in the outcome.
  3. Do Resolve the central conflict.
  4. Do Afford redemption to your heroic character.
  5. Do Tie up loose ends of significance.
  6. Do Mirror your final words to events in your opener.

The Don’ts

  1. Don’t introduce any new characters or subplots.
  2. Don’t describe, muse, explain or philosophize.
  3. Don’t change voice, tone or attitude.

About James V. Smith

James V. Smith, Jr., has published more than a dozen novels, including the six-book series James Force Recon. His latest novels, the James Delta Forceseries written under the pen name James John Harriman, use the full rangeof the new pacing tools introduced in this little helper. He’s a former combat soldier, helicopter pilot, newspaper writer and editor, national award-winning columnist, and magazine editor.

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