By Kirsti Call
Have you ever read a book where the ending didn’t satisfy you? I think we all have! Endings determine what we think of a book. If we like the way a book ends, we'll recommend it to others or even re-read it. Jane Yolen says the best endings surprise us with something that seems inevitable. Many of my favorite picture books follow that formula.
Here’s the April Mentor Text Challenge: Read at least 3 of your favorite picture books, notice the endings, and ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. Why are they satisfying?
2. Is the end predictable or surprising?
3. What about the ending makes you want to read the story again?
Now look at your manuscripts and ask yourself these questions:
1. Is the end satisfying?
2. Is it surprising, yet inevitable?
3. Is it as well written as the beginning?
There are so many stellar books with endings that make you want to read the book again. Let's use them to help us write stories with powerful endings that resonate with people!