marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

observations on endings

Story parts have to be in proportion.

You can get away with a short denouement, if you want to pull it off. But the climax of the story should be a drama with a length that fits the rest of the story.

In particular, if the story does not turn around the question of "How do we find out this information?" having a character figure out what to do should lead to a difficult process of putting it into effect. Preferably with some weaknesses discovered along the way. If the reveal of the knowledge is not the climax, having a character just do it is anticlimax.

A short story, of course, especially one's that short, should either start with the knowledge, or make it the main question. To keep it short. 0:)
Tags: endings, story length, story structure

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