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... The End

Do your stories start out with a mighty roar but end with a mere whimper? Or instead of a smooth glide to a satisfying finish, do your endings seem more like a train wreck? Learn how to properly wrap up your writing to leave your readers with a smile on their face and a spring in their step, eagar to start on your next story!

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  • Tracy

    Thanks for the link Michelle, maybe It will help me unearth renewed interest in my characters.

    June 10, 2014

  • Terra H.

    Good group. Sorry I had to take off early. I did come up with a new twist for one of my stories that will hopefully make it less predictable. Nice to see everyone :)

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Michelle

    Thanks, Peter and group. It was an insightful discussion on an area I tend to neglect. Much appreciated! A fresh blog post showed up in my inbox this morning on the subject of "how to write characters who are different than you". Since there was much conversation on the topic of character writing last night, I thought some of you might like to check it out: http://www.sarahselecky.com/2014/different-characters/. The author links to another post at the end about making characters 'real', which is a nice complimentary piece if you liked the first one.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • ChrŸs T.

    It was a well prepared session that lead to thoughtful discussion. The group was well engaged with participation by everyone. I think the way differences of opinion are shared respectfully shows the maturity and thoughtfulness of everyone.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Tracy

    Thank you Peter for a great topic your research and presentation was thorough, engaging and opened us up for much discussion as always.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Lorena

    "Miguel de Unamuno’s Niebla (Mist) is one of the greatest novels ever written in the Spanish language. Furthermore, Edward Friedman regards it, with Don Quixote and Lazarillo de Tormes, as one of the three outstanding Spanish ‘‘theories of the novel,’’ or novels wherein their authors successfully delineate their own paradigm of the genre.1 [...] Mist introduced a number of narrative techniques that would subsequently become the trademark of other authors: it precedes the work of Dorothy Richardson, Marcel Proust, and James Joyce in the use of stream of consciousness, and it includes a lengthy and dramatic interview between the main character and Unamuno the author, predating Pirandello’s similar interplay between reality and fiction. (fragment - J. A. G . ARDILA, University of Edinburgh)

    June 9, 2014

  • Lorena

    The book I referred to this evening is actually "Mist" (Niebla) a nivola by Miguel de Unamuno. He wrote it in 1907. The discussion between Unamuno and his character Augusto is unforgettable. I read it in high school and have never forgotten it, though I did not remember the name of the book correctly this evening. There is a description about this work in Wikipedia, but it gives away the plot in its entirety, specially the unusual narrators Unamuno used to tell Augusto's story. "Mist" is included in a compilation entitled "Novela/Nivola". All of Unamunos' works are available in English at the Vancouver Public Library but none of them in Victoria's. (Interlibrary loan might be an option).

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Clíona R.

    Thanks, Peter, for another thoroughly researched, entertainingly presented, and thought-provoking outline. Writing a solid ending is tough, but your lists of ideas to include (and to avoid) will be a handy touchstone. And, as always, a great discussion, everyone.

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Peter T

    As mentioned, links to various software tools can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Writers/pages/Software_Tools/

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Hilary Clark P.

    Sorry! I wish I could have made it but I have a meeting at my kids school.

    June 7, 2014

    • Peter E.

      Next time, Hilary! The handout will be uploaded to the Files section later tonight, so you can get some benefit from the topic. :-)

      1 · June 9, 2014

  • Tracy

    I look forward to seeing everyone tonight. The end...sounds like a great topic. A well done ending makes for a much improved new beginning. : )

    1 · June 9, 2014

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