Draw to a close in the conclusion
It’s easy to end an inverted-pyramid story: Stop typing.
Sadly, coming to an abrupt halt doesn’t work for feature-style stories.
But what does?
How to draw to a close
That’s a good question, experts say. We talk a lot about opening a story, but we almost never talk about closing one.
“So much work goes into shaping the top of the story that we rarely are able to give time and energy to the two other important parts: the middle and the end,” writes Roy Peter Clark, Poynter Institute senior scholar. “Think about it. When is the last time someone said something nice about your endings?”
How to write your way out
To write a satisfying conclusion, include two elements:
The wrapup is designed to make your point; the kicker, to make your point memorable. The best conclusions, in conclusion, summarize then illustrate your key point.
That’s important. As poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow counseled, “Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”