10 WAYS TO END YOUR NOVEL

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Ending your novel can be as tricky as starting it. The writer has to question themselves on whether they resolve everything, leave some aspects open to interpretation, leave the reader feeling happy, sad, confused or angry.

There is just so much! Another thing writers need to consider is having an ending that is unique to the story and not similar to something they have previously read.

Well, you can have that, my friends, because here for you today I have 10 different types of endings you can use for your novel.

Check them out below:

THE CIRCULAR ENDING

A circular ending is a story that does a full circle and comes back to the beginning. This doesn’t mean that you have to end it the same way you started it, but end it with a similar notion as the beginning or perhaps the same words. A great example of this is Patrick Rothfuss’s ‘The Name of the Wind.’

THE MORAL ENDING

The moral ending is an ending whereby you see the character’s growth throughout the novel and how far they have some. The writer ends the story by addressing the lesson learnt.

 

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THE SURPRISE ENDING

A surprise ending is where the story takes us to a place we least expected. To plainly put it, it’s a twist, and sparks excitement or bewilderment. In other cases, it may take a twist down a darker path and leave the reader shocked or astonished.

THE CAPTURING EMOTION ENDING

The capturing emotion ending leaves the reader feeling emotional, whether that be happy or sad, for the characters and the story. This is commonly seen in romance novels, for example. The writer really tugs at the heart strings.

 

THE REFLECTION ENDING

The reflection ending is an ending where the character looks at everything he/she has achieved, experiences, and gone through and reflects on how far they have come. The determine the importance of that reflection.

THE CLIFF-HANGER ENDING

The cliff-hanger ending is very common in novel series and is an ending that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. The writer creates a situation where the reader is left wanting more.

 

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THE HUMOUR ENDING

The humour ending is an ending that leaves the reader laughing at a line or an inside joke to the story. This allows for the novel to become more memorable.

THE QUESTION ENDING

The question ending is used in a lot of novel series as well and is an ending that leaves the reader thinking about what is going to happen next. This is a good way to make your novel memorable and have the reader think about what possibilities may happen in the future.

 

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THE IMAGE ENDING

The image ending is an ending that puts the ‘show don’t tell rule’ to good use, and describes a scene. The writer does this through vivid details, and touches on the reader’s emotions and mood.

THE DIALOGUE ENDING

The dialogue ending is an ending the finished with dialogue from a character. This technique can allow the reader to see the character more realistic, and in turn allows the writer to reveal more of the character’s personality.

All finished. Let’s chat!

Congrats, fellow writers. Finding the right ending doesn’t have to be a hard and endless task, but make sure you find one that’s right for you!

Let me know if 10 Ways to End your Novel treated you well, and if you think there is anything missing that you would like to learn about.

Hit me up in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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