Friday, November 16, 2012

Editing Checklist, #14: Endings, Part 5

I can already hear you: "Jeez, is the book freaking over yet?"

Almost, Clarice.

Ah, the Resolution.  So clean, so simple.  It is exactly what it sounds like it is. 

Or is it?  Check this list to make sure your Resolution actually, you know, resolves your book.

- Are all the important issues resolved fairly and satisfyingly?
- Do both the h/h sacrifice something/change something for the sake of their love?
- Does the ending come about because of the h/h's actions, not through outside interference?
- Are heroic secondary characters fittingly repaid?
- Are villains punished proportionate to their crimes?
- Do the h/h confront any remaining emotional tension?
- Is the reader left convinced the h/h will still love each other in 5, 10, 50 years?

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