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On Great Novels with Bad Endings

On Great Novels with Bad Endings | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Many of the world’s best novels have bad endings. I don’t mean that they end sadly, or on a back-to-work, all-is-forgiven note (e.g. “War and Peace,” “The Red and the Black,” “A Suitable Boy”), but that the ending is actually inartistic—a betrayal of what came before. This is true not just of good novels but also of books on which the reputation of Western fiction rests.

 

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IT'S A TRAP: The Easy Ending

IT'S A TRAP: The Easy Ending | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it
She was dead the WHOLE TIME. It was ALL A DREAM. The helpful aliens ACTUALLY WANT TO EAT THEM. He's a SECRET PRINCE. All those friends were FIGMENTS OF HER IMAGINATION. If you want to end a story with a powerful twist, you have to push yourself further than the obvious, because your readers know all about the obvious.
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Story Endings

I get the chance to read a lot of short fiction, both published and un-published. The most crucial part of a story is the ending. It's the payoff. Readers read until the end to get this payoff. What happens if your story doesn't have this payoff? I'll tell you: trouble. Readers are not satisfied and editors are not buying. Please make sure your story has a payoff. I concede for every rule there's an exception. A few authors make a good living not including endings (Kelly Link comes to mind).


Here are some tips for satisfying story payoffs:

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