reading-clipart-6So what makes a meaningful ending for a story? Something that sticks with the reader, obviously, but how is a writer to present this meaning? It turns out there are a few tried and true techniques.

One possibility is to create a strong image at the end of your story. An example might be a horse running free. Another possibility is a circular ending, where the writer goes back to consider ideas he or she presented in the beginning of the story. Another might be presenting a summary or a powerful thought at the end. Still another might be matching vs. non-matching images; for example, an image of youth at the beginning and old age at the end of the story. Last is “musing” about endings, dying, etc., which is a fairly literary approach.

Have fun designing something!