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Endings: What Can You Teach?

To me, endings are all about the take-away. What do you want readers to know, feel, do, think or wonder about after they finish reading your story? You can't write an ending until you decide that.

As promised, this post continues our conversation on beginning, middle and end in story writing.

I should be candid. I’m struggling with what to say in this post, because the logical me wants to simply go back to those three stories that we looked at earlier and analyze the endings–just as we did the beginnings. That would give us a few strategies that we could teach in the classroom.

We might notice, for example, that a lot of stories–including “Eleven” and “The Marble Champ”– have what is often referred to as a “circle structure.” The end echoes a theme(s), image(s) and/or phrase(s)/line(s) from the beginning. The author takes us “full circle,” so to speak, reminding readers how the story began, though we return this time with more knowledge, now understanding why the specific theme/image/phrase is so important.

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