Microfiction and endings

Talking about endings without an entire story is really difficult.

In groups of three, read through as many of these really short stories (from Jerome Stern’s excellent Microfiction) as you can in 10 minutes or less.

Then, take about 10 minutes and talk about these questions from page 206 of your textbook. As you talk, consider and record any ideas for new endings to your story.

  • Does the story end with dialogue, summary, an image, an epiphany, an action or event, or some combination?
  • How does the ending fit with the scene, tone, and events of the story?
  • How does the tone or mood of the ending reflect the beginning?
  • What is resolved or concluded by the end?
  • How does the ending arise or evolve from the story?
  • If something is left unresolved, does the story provide the readers with a sense of how it might be resolved . . . or is it totally unknowable?
  • What about this particular ending is surprising?
  • In what way does it seem inevitable?
  • How does it fit with the logic of the characters’ natures and previous actions?
  • How does it seem to satisfy the expectations they story raises?


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