February 24, 2014 | 3

How would you feel if your novels all fell apart at the end? The writer Ann Bauer knows this feeling, and it’s painful — she says that her readers inevitably tell her the endings of her novels are all wrong. (You could also read our own Sonya Chung’s essay on literary endings.)

is a staff writer for The Millions. He lives in New York.


  1. In case this resonates with anyone reading this, a couple of references with some useful tools for the craft:

    Elements of Fictional Writing – Beginning, Middle & End – by Nancy Kress

    Plot & Structure: (Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish) – by James S. Bell

    Moe Murphy
    (Really Must Get Back to Work Now :))

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