Now that we have written the mighty middles of our personal narratives, it’s time to look at excellent endings.
What makes an excellent ending? The ending is about tying up the pieces of the narrative, solving the situation/problem and leaving the reader with a sense of resolution.
This week we have been looking at what makes a great ending and we have come up with a few techniques that author’s use. Some of these are:
1. A question/open ended statement: “I never found out what had happened….”
2. A decision: “Now I will…”
3. A surprise: “He slowly opened the door, it was……”
4. A feeling: “I felt so happy!”
5. A memory: ” I will never forget that day.”
6. A hope/wish: ” I hope that …..”
7. A thought: “As I drove off I wondered….”
8. A lesson: “From that day on I ….”
“The Red Woollen Blanket” by Bob Graham begins with: “Julia had her own blanket right from the start”
I like the ending which leaves the reader with a thought….”It could have been anywhere at all…and she hardly missed it.”
Which technique did you use for your excellent ending?