Monday, December 22, 2008

The Perfect Ending

The perfect ending should take your reader slightly by surprise and yet seem exactly right. – William Zinsser in On Writing Well: the Classic Guide to Nonfiction
I write flash fiction, primarily. Many proponents of this form insist a story must have a twist ending. Some of mine do. Others, I believe, fit the description above. The ending isn’t a true twist, but the story doesn’t end as the reader might expect either. For me, the worst stories are ones that end up right where the reader expects them to from the beginning, or ones where the author withholds important information until the end. I try to avoid both of these situations.. It’s not playing fair with my readers.

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