Impactful Endings, Part 4: Opinions Matter
Every week, we update our current how-to series entitled, “Impactful Endings: How to End Your Story With a Bang!” This series is about experimenting with different story endings to ensure your conclusion is satisfying to you and leaves an impact on your readers. Our fourth post is about ending your story by stating an opinion.
Have you ever written a persuasive essay in school? The most important part of the persuasive essay is, of course, the argument! Writing stories is different, because we usually write them for entertainment and they are not meant to sway the reader in one way or another. However, as we have been discussing in the past few posts, many stories often have morals or messages. Like in our last post where we addressed how to end a story with a question, you might think of concluding with your own opinion as a way of answering your own question, minus the question part!
There are two ways to include an opinion in your conclusion. You can either choose to include an introductory phrase that addresses the fact that it is an opinion, such as, “I personally believe…” or “I think that what Sally did was wrong because…” Another way of including your opinion is by simply making a statement without saying “I think.” You could say, “What Sally did was wrong because…” With this method, you are still getting your opinion across to the reader, and they can also infer that it is your opinion as the author rather than you telling them explicitly.
Because this particular ending is quite self-explanatory, there are not a whole lot of steps to guide you in writing your opinion statement, especially because, well, it’s your own opinion!
Some helpful tips might be to simply go back to the roots of your story and uncover what your message or purpose is. Do you want to convince the reader of something? Or do you simply want to pass on your own beliefs or morals to the reader and allow them to make their own inferences based on the story?
Before writing your opinion statement, think about some of your favorite books or stories and see if you can pick out any in which you can find the author’s opinion. Some stories are more obvious than others, but if you can pick out the opinion in another story, that might help you to better write your own!
Be careful not to come off as too opinionated, as that might catch the reader off guard. Try to be all-encompassing and see all sides when you write your conclusion. Make sure it is not so strong that it distracts from the quality of the rest of your story. Also, be careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings with your opinion, because in many instances, authors write inconsiderate statements and write it off as simply “their opinion,” even though they know it might be hurtful.
With all that said, the opinion method is a great way to end your story and it can create a thought-provoking conversation for both you and your readers.