For Writers and Readers: What Closure in Fiction ISN’T

I found this to be a very helpful article, especially since I am focused writing short stories. It doesn’t define what form my story endings should take, but gives clear guidelines on the kinds of endings to avoid. I’ve always found to be a great resource, and worth following.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

lockflower-1126249-m Closure is SO important in fiction. Every reader needs some sense of release and “c’est fini” at the end of a novel. A sense that something important–if not everything, at least something major–has been resolved or completed.

This is a main reason why, generally, I can’t stand cliffhangers, even in series novels. I prefer that each novel wrap up a completed story in and of itself.

(Even if there are some lose threads and a larger story arc still in development, a series novel can tell and wrap up a complete story from start to finish. Each Harry Potter novel is a great example of this.)

“Closure” can be a funny thing, though. There is no one way to provide closure and no one definition of what closure means.

“Closure” means something very different from genre to genre and from story to story. You can leave societal unrest not…

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