Yesterday, we talked about what not to do when writing an ending for your novel. What about ending do’s? Here’s a list:
Conflict Resolution: Make sure your character’s conflict is something that can be resolved in a believable way.
Demonstrate the Character’s Growth: The main characters should’ve grown in some way by the end of the story.
Reward the Reader: This goes along with #2. The reader wants to see that because of this character growth, the hero and/or heroine is better able to deal with whatever else may come into their path (even after the story has ended).
Keep the Focus: While there may be other subplots that should be worked out, the main plot is the one that NEEDS resolving. SOME subplots can be left open to the reader’s imagination, but be careful with this. If the wrong subplot is unfinished, the reader will feel cheated.
Don’t Forget Theme: Ensure your theme is consistent from the beginning to the end of the novel.
Give your readers what was promised early in the story and they’ll eagerly await your next release.
Are there any ending do’s you’d recommend?