When you are writing, endings are everything; they can make your story or break it. The ending is such an integral element of the plot, that it cannot be ignored, especially if you want your novel or story to be successful.
All good stories need to be strong from the beginning to the end. However, the ending is particularly important because it sums up every component from character development, the back stories, and even the plotting and planning. A good ending cannot save a badly written story but a terrible ending can unfailingly kill a good story. Here are the different types of story endings so that you can avoid mistakes:
An explicit ending wraps everything up and gives the audience answers to all the important questions. An explicit ending makes it very clear what happens to all the characters and it is usually very satisfying for the audience. Explicit endings are used commonly in novels and long stories. For this type of ending to work, the plot must be filled with holes.
An implicit ending is typically vague and is open to many different interpretations. It is up to the reader to determine and fill the blanks. Implicit endings are found commonly in short stories of a fictional nature. Ambiguous endings tend to be exasperating for readers so it is important to consider your decision wisely if you opt to use an implicit ending.
As the name suggests, a twist ending is usually unexpected. Twist endings replace everything that readers believed would happen at the end of the story. Twist endings can be a little hard to pull off because when they are done incorrectly, they can cause the reader to feel embittered and resentful. Always make sure that the reader is taken care of when crafting twist endings.
A tie-back ending
This type of ending works by tying the end of the story to the beginning. A tie-back ending must relate directly to what happens at the beginning or the middle of the story. After a reader finishes a tie back ending, he or she should be able to identify the elements at the start and end that are connected or tied together.
Long view endings
Long view endings are common in romance novels. They paint a picture of the character’s lives in their future. For example, in a romantic novel, a long view ending should tell the reader if the couple stays together, whether they have kids or not or whether they are successful in the future.
If you're writing a series sometimes it can be good to have a cliff-hanger as an ending which leads onto the next book. These can easily annoy and excite the reader bringing them to want to know more about the characters and how the story progresses.
What type of endings do you love or hate? Let me know in the comments below!