How-to Tuesday

Impactful Endings, Part 10: Custom Conclusions and General Tips

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 tenth post will be about creating your own conclusion and general tips.

Custom Conclusions and General Tips

Well, there you have it, nine different ways to write a conclusion. From the summary, to the mystery, to the moral, every potential conclusion has a different flavor, and it all depends on how you want to craft your own story.

What if none of these conclusions applies to your story? Well, that’s the great thing about writing a story: you can come up with your own! If you are considering writing your own conclusion, you might think about using bits and pieces of each of the methods we’ve talked about in our blog series. You might want to include a moral but also leave your ending unresolved. That’s where creativity comes in—you can write whatever works for your own story!

The purpose of a conclusion is to wrap up all the loose ends of the story and to recap the purpose of your story. As long as your method conveys that to your reader, your conclusion can take on whatever shape or form is best.

A good idea might be to share your story with a family member and see if they are satisfied with your conclusion, because it might be good to hear from an objective point of view, rather than your own. Of course, it is your story, so in the end all the matters is if you are happy with it.

Writing a conclusion can be tricky. So, here are a few general tips about writing conclusions, taken from the University of Richmond Writing Center:

  1. Include a brief summary of the paper’s main points.
  2. Ask a provocative question.
  3. Use a quotation.
  4. Evoke a vivid image.
  5. Call for some sort of action.
  6. End with a warning.
  7. Universalize (compare to other situations).
  8. Suggest results or consequences.

Also, try to avoid saying “in conclusion” whether it is for a story, an essay, etc., because it will be stronger on its own without that extra phrase.

As discussed in our previous posts, avoid confusing your reader by bringing up a new topic that has nothing to do with the rest of your story.

Your conclusion can make or break your story. The best way to end your story with a bang is by going by your own creativity and sticking to your guns. Remember to be bold and your story will make for a powerful piece of writing!

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