Ending a novel can be just as tough as beginning one. While the blank page can be intimidating when you start, finding the perfect way to end your masterpiece can be just as difficult. After all, you’ve spent all this time and energy crafting the perfect characters and plot, it would be a shame to leave your readers with a bad impression due to a bland ending. Here are some ways you can end a story. For some suggestions on how to begin a story check out my article here.

  • A death – this could be the death of the hero, the bad guy, or a secondary character.
  • A marriage – like above, this could be anyone in the story.
  • A cliffhanger – mostly used in series, for obvious reasons.
  • A couple gets together – not necessarily marriage, it could be as simple as two people deciding to date.
  • A couple breaks up – maybe your character becomes independent, or maybe it is the beginning of a series of books.
  • Someone leaves the country
  • Flash forward – how are your characters getting along in the future?
  • A comment from the narrator (if you used one in the story)
  • A character wakes up – be careful not to use this in a cliché manner.
  • “Happily ever after”
  • The beginning of the next story in the series – the opposite of the cliffhanger, you give the reader a sneak into what’s to come, but make sure it makes sense to your current story.
  • The end of the world – or a world, if you are using more than one.
  • With a birth
  • With a prophecy – one that has been fulfilled or a hint of things to come.
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