Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?
Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story. (Say Anything)
It's almost time for me to leave the kennel. This is a good time to talk about endings.
An ending should stay with you when you close a book. To help you make your ending stick, I thought I'd share my Top-secret Private Personal Glossary of Endings from a Reader's Perspective with you.
‘Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.' Forest Whitaker
Stereotype (noun): A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a type of person or thing. Synonyms: standard/conventional image, received idea, cliché, hackneyed idea, formula
Miracle Max: You rush a miracle, man, you get rotten miracles. (The Princess Bride)
Sean: People call those imperfections, but no, that's the good stuff. (Good Will Hunting)
I often write sucky sentences. Figuring out why they suck can be difficult—they look okay, they might be grammatically correct and they might even make sense, but something is off. Once I decide why the sentence or paragraph isn't working, I'll highlight it with a corresponding colour so I can fix it when I edit.
‘Well, the thing about a black hole—its main distinguishing feature—is it's black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?’ Holly, Marooned (Red Dwarf)
Leilana Pierce: I’d like to somehow make a difference in people’s lives.
Sean: Nail them while they're vulnerable, that's my motto. (Good Will Hunting)