A great post on the difference between an ending and a conclusion.
Have you ever read a book and gotten to the end and then flipped back several pages to see if you missed something? Or closed the book and said “REALLY? That’s all?” Or wondered if the writer just got BORED with the story and ended the book rather than serving the characters and their struggles to the actual conclusion of their story? That’s not to say that a story can’t end with some ambiguity. Wondering what might have happened to the protagonist after the book is through doesn’t mean it didn’t conclude where it needed to.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” The trick though, is to make sure that both your beginning and ending are connected. Not just by the middle – the journey between start and finish – but by the overarching theme of your book. George…
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