Reaching for ‘The End’

I’ve been working on a science fiction novella for a couple months, and I’m almost done. The pivotal confrontation of my heroine with the bad guys is over. She won. Now I need to tie up several loose ends before the last page, and I’m stumped. I can’t write this final chapter. I need a last splash of action, a small one, but I can’t think of anything.

I’ve read many an epilogue where the authors would just list the upcoming marriages, children, and jobs of the characters before writing ‘The End’ under the last item. I don’t want to do that.

What do you do to finish your stories?  

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5 Responses to Reaching for ‘The End’

  1. Well, the last three books I’ve written involved the main character either going home or arriving home. That help any?

  2. Abruptly. That’s how I finish my stories. Mostly because I’m a pantser and usually write myself into a corner, and then I go: “Oh look! It’s time to end the book!”

    Wish I had a better answer for you. Wishing you all the best!

  3. Writing something that can lead on it I ever feel like continuing the story. but does not need to be followed up on, if I never feels like it anyway. Some action, somebody arriving, a gift, a meal … whatever fits the story.

    • Sorry for the typo. One of those spellchecker does not see. “that can lead on it I ever feel like continuing the story.” should be: “that can lead on, IF I ever feel like continuing the story”

  4. How about, she rests….goes for a stroll….and crosses paths with someone….or something …new….that puts her ‘win’ into perspective…. Just thinking out loud Olga. Wishing you a restful summer. Take care. Susan from France.

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