15.42: Writing The End

Your Hosts: Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard

How do you decide what sort of event ends your story? How do you set the scale and the stakes for that event? And once you’ve made these decisions, how do you set about writing the best possible ending?

Credits: This episode was recorded by Dan Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson


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7 thoughts on “15.42: Writing The End”

  1. I feel like someone should have mentioned the Mice Quotient, at least in passing, since that is supposed to help you determine your ending and beginning.

  2. In the end, Brandon, Victoria, Dan, and Howard talked about how to pick your ending, and how the characters can fail and still be satisfying. Start with the ending? That way you know what you’re baking? Satisfying deaths? Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

  3. This episode was so useful.
    I thought I finished my novel outline thrice, and then, in typical me-fashion, I realized that, yet again, I need to make some major changes to said outline and continue figuring out what alterations I need to make, which is dependent upon which characters are on Earth and which are on another planet.

  4. I am sooo picky about my endings. There’s so many stories, books and movies, that don’t fulfill the promises they made. (It’s twice as annoying when their structure is crap). The ending makes or breaks a story. I don’t care if it’s happy or sad, just give me what you said you would. I could go on and on, but I don’t need to let myself rant too much.
    Great podcast, lots of helpful tips that will hopefully keep me from screwing up the ending of my stories.

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