Not sure how to end your short story? Well, don’t do it this way!
Finishing your story with a cunning twist can make for a very effective ending and leave your readers admiring your brilliance. However, a lot of magazine editors and competition judges complain that they see the same twist endings again and again. Ones to avoid include :
- The main character turning out to be a dog or a cat.
- A spouse’s strange behaviour leading their other half to think they’re having an affair when really they’re organising a surprise party.
- A person who is seen at a time and place they couldn’t possibly have been turning out to have a twin.
These are just a few among a very long list.