Strong endings make stories more memorable

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Writing a "kicker" ending is challenging. A good ending isn't a bare summary or recitation of what the reader has already read; it makes the store memorable. They may serve as a decorative flourish but they can do much more. They might nod toward or acknowledge an element of the story that was knowingly overlooked or under-served, perhaps delivering a needed counterweight. Or, it might add a human element to a story that was otherwise missing one, or suggest that there is more to the story than what's been shared. But don't over do it. Be brief.

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    An effective lead for a story is an art unto itself. It needs to be at once broad and specific. That is, it needs to introduce the theme of the story while nevertheless being viv...
    . A good ending needs a good beginning.


Flaherty 2010