The beginning and ending of your writing are both equally important. They need to have an impact that draws people towards your work and leaves them feeling fulfilled, without a lot of unanswered questions. You don’t need to tie everything in a neat little bow, but you don’t want to leave gaping holes in your pieces either.
Your beginning needs to draw readers in and perhaps tease a little of what is going to come later on. For instance, you could have a little bit of action at the start that mimics something bigger that is going to happen, or establish the traits of your character that are going to impact their behavior. In poetry, you could insert a metaphor that you will expand upon throughout your piece: war, nature, pleasure, etc.
Your ending can have plot twists, surprises and shocks. Or it can summarize or conclude a moral lesson. It can be expected or unexpected. It can be sudden and short. If it is too punctual, however, it can leave readers with the feeling that it has not ended properly. Be careful to ensure that your ending is not too abrupt: you want it to have a positive impact on your readers (whether or not they are supposed to feel good about it). In longer poems, you could reflect or reach the end of a scene; in shorter poems, you might reach the end of your metaphor or find the exact words to describe an emotion.
There are no strict rules on how to begin or end your writing. As a writer, you may have a large number of beginnings and endings already written. Starting a piece of writing and concluding it are good skills to practice.
Written by: Laura Clark
* Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/
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