Good Endings Make a Story Memorable

Writing a "kicker" ending is challenging. A good ending isn't a bare summary or recitation of what the reader has already read; it makes the store memorable. They may serve as a decorative flourish but they can do much more. They might nod toward or acknowledge an element of the story that was knowingly overlooked or under-served, perhaps delivering a needed counterweight. Or, it might add a human element to a story that was otherwise missing one, or suggest that there is more to the story than what's been shared. But don't over do it. Be brief.



Flaherty, Francis. The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing. Reprint edition. Harper Perennial, 2010.