Amazing ending lines: DO YOU HAVE ONE?!
Have you ever had that moment where you look at something you wrote and go, “Wow! This is amazing!”?
I love that warm fuzzy, full of myself feeling when I read something I wrote that I think is so good I can’t believe I even wrote it. It’s that, “I am totally AWESOME!!”, feeling. Sometimes I’ll sit and stare at it, wondering how the hell something this amazingly gorgeous came from me. Come on…admit it. You’ve had that feeling before too 😉
I was editing Christian’s Kisses yesterday and I had one of those moments. I absolutely LOVE the last two paragraphs of that book, especially the last line. Anyone who is reading the book with my chapter a day thing on here will have to tell me what they think when the read it. I think it might be the best ending line I have ever written. It’s so beautiful. (gush gush) I love it. It’s so sweet it makes you want to cry but at the same time smile with a smile so big your face can’t contort to form it.
So I guess here’s the part in the post where I will attempt to give some advice to other writers. Here goes…
End each chapter with a great line.
You can’t just stop at any random place! It’s against the rules! It is imperative to have that great last line, one that can stand on it’s own beautifully. This is especially true when writing your ending.
The last paragraph of a book, in my opinion, should be the most powerful group of sentences or sentence in the entire book. It’s the last and most memorable thing your reader will read so make it great! Make it super awesome! (using that word so much really shows what generation I come from lol)
That paragraph should either end all the main conflicts in the story or leave your reader with the kind of emotion/theme you want your book to convey to your readers. In other words, stay true to following the overall tone/theme of your book. If it’s a love story, end with the lovers being together. If it’s a death scene or dark, sad toned book, make your readers cry.
If your book’s a hard core sappy romance novel don’t end the book with a death scene. It’s mean. I don’t like it and your readers might be a little angry with you. Same with a murder mystery book. Don’t end with two people making out or with some cheesy love line. “My love for you is as endless as the sky. Muah. Muah. Muah.” No! It doesn’t fit. Don’t do something like that.
Here’s an example of wrapping up all the conflicts in the book in a neat little paragragh. This is the last paragraph from my book, Nero the Hero;
Taking out his Pendant again, Nero frowned slightly, thinking about everything that had just happened. Now realizing that this newly achieved tranquility had been worth all the pain he had been put through, Nero found the strength to smile again. Everything seemed to be so happy now, the courtyards that were once stained with blood were now filled with the sound of laughter and the warmth of love again. When he looked back at it all, the only traces that had been left by the Black King were a legacy of terror and greed and the great story left to be told of a legendary hero and his battle with an evil King along with a large headstone that read; Reinhold Minosphere, Black Guardian VI, beloved husband and devoted father.
This leaves the reader with closure yet it isn’t a happy ending that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. It sums up the overall plot and tone of the book (which was going on after death/tragedy) in one paragraph. Even if it didn’t have a happy ending for all the characters, it does leave the reader with that finished, much needed breath at the end of the book (it’s about 120k WC so they probably love getting that breath. And did I tell you Nero is the best character I’ve created? Okay, okay, I’ll get out of the parentheses now and get back to the post ;)).
Here’s an example of a happy ending where the main character wins and the last paragraph ties all that happiness all up in a neat little line. Let’s see, maybe I’ll use the last line from Carter’s Curse as an example;
Carter had finally gotten everything he wanted and there was no souvenir in the world that could make him happier than he was at that moment.
I would use the line from Christian’s Kisses but I have people who don’t need the ending spoiled so….I will not use it (sigh), although it is very beautiful. Ah…
So now it’s share time. What is the best ending line you’ve ever written? And why do you think it is the best?