1.  “And they all lived happily ever after” is reserved for children’s fairytales.
  2. Surprises are good, but the reader must be satisfied.
  3. Don’t make it boring and pointless.
  4. You must accept that some genres have expected endings; the characters have to get together in a romance, lest the genre changes.
  5. Keep characters alive should you wish a sequel.
  6. Don’t forget to end the book, or explain that there will be a sequel. Tie up the loose ends.


  1. How long should the ending be?
  2. Should the ending come right after the climax?
  3. Should the death of a main character mark the end?

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