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John asked: How can you end a story without finishing it too quickly?
Thanks for your really great question, John.
I must admit that I find this can be a problem with my stories too – that I know where the story is going and I can’t wait to get there.
I have learned to try and slow myself down – make sure I am showing what is happening and not telling the reader. The other thing I do is to plot out the ending and work out exactly what is going to happen leading up to the end. I also ask myself have I shown the reader what has happened to my main character? Have I shown the reader how the main character has changed because of what happened to him/her? If I haven’t, then this means I need to add more to the ending.
That’s just a really short answer. But seeing as finishing a story is so important for a writer, I’m going to write a whole blog post on it for my Tuesday Writing Tips column. So keep watching my blog…and I’ll be dedicating my post to you. You can make sure you know when I’ve done a new post by filling in the Email subscription box in the top right hand corner of my blog.