- “And they all lived happily ever after” is reserved for children’s fairytales.
- Surprises are good, but the reader must be satisfied.
- Don’t make it boring and pointless.
- You must accept that some genres have expected endings; the characters have to get together in a romance, lest the genre changes.
- Keep characters alive should you wish a sequel.
- Don’t forget to end the book, or explain that there will be a sequel. Tie up the loose ends.
- How long should the ending be?
- Should the ending come right after the climax?
- Should the death of a main character mark the end?