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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Writing prompt: nailing the landing

Endings can be hard.

Saying goodbye to a friend at the airport? That’s hard. Piecing your heart back together after a breakup? That’s super hard.

But ending a story? That’s a whole other level of hard.

As ravenous readers we all know the sweet pain of spending time with characters, getting to know them, growing to love them, and then feeling torn apart by the way we leave them. An unsatisfying ending can totally ruin a book, or even a whole series.

As writers, it’s hard work to balance the expectations of the reader with what you know in your heart needs to happen for the story to have the most punch.

Are there any books or stories that you wish had ended differently? Like, can’t-sleep-cursing-the-moon-willing-to-make-blood-sacrifice level wish? Well, this week’s writing prompt is to take that terrible ending and re-write it. This is your chance to right all the wrongs, to get the satisfaction you’ve been so cruelly denied!

Leave a comment to let us know which ending you are re-writing and don’t forget to post your work online so we can read it!