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Build Toward The Story’s End

on November 6th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.

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Resolution—Tying up the Ends

on June 23rd, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A novel’s resolution can ensure a satisfying read or it can drive readers mad at the way it doesn’t fit the story. Learn more about story resolution in fiction.

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Deliver the Payoff

on April 6th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An ending that doesn’t pay off for the reader, that doesn’t meet genre expectation or satisfy reader anticipation, is a problem ending. A bad ending can turn off readers. Deliver a payoff instead of an ending that disappoints.

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A Novel Ending

on January 19th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

No matter where you take the reader, what you drag him through or under or around, you must see that he’s satisfied. Ensure that at the moment he reads the final page, he feels the satisfaction that yes, this story could only end this way.

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