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 and an MFA candidate at Johns Hopkins. Prior to coming to Baltimore, he studied literature and worked in IT while living in Dublin, Ireland. You can find him on Twitter at @tdbeckwith.


  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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