I found this very useful.
When I conference with writers, they often say they’re having trouble coming up with a satisfying ending. Instead of talking to them about their plot, I ask them to tell me about their intended impact: when their audience reaches the end, what do they want them to be feeling and thinking? Some writers are immediately stumped because they were so focused on plot, they hadn’t considered this question. Others quickly identify their intended impact, but confess that they’re unable to imagine any other ending besides the unsatisfying one that they’ve already written.
There’s no doubt about it, endings are hard. A satisfying ending requires us to steer our imagined world towards its inevitable future from the moment the story begins. It reminds me of a question that’s often asked in interviews: where do you see yourself in five years? We groan when we hear that because we know from…
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