ESL Writing Activity: Change the Ending

This blog post was inspired by a Tweet WriterStat posted. If you like to write creatively, I highly recommend that you check them out!

Do you ever get to the end of a book you’re reading and you’re completely disappointed with how it ended? It seemed to end abruptly, it left a lot of loose ends/ a cliff-hanger, or maybe it was just a really flimsy idea. Maybe you even thought to yourself, “I could write something better than this!

Well, now’s your chance!

English Expressions.pngNow, you get to be creative and add to the ending of a story. You can pick a book you love or a book where you thought it could’ve been written more effectively. If you’d like, you can write directly on the last page of the novel. If you’re like me and the thought of writing in a book is sacrilegious, grab some paper and cut it to size.

Brainstorm some ideas and think about how you think the story should end. Think of the perfect ending. It can be as long or as short as you like, and you can either add to the ending or change the last page completely – there are no limits to your creativity. Here are some points you should keep in mind when creating your perfect ending:

Tone

You should generally keep the tone of the book the same for your ending. For example, if you’re reading about a cowboy, and your ending takes place in space, it would feel out of place or even wrong. The cowboy’s story should generally end somewhere out in a deserted ghost town. Just remember that the ending shouldn’t be out in left field because this tends to make readers confused or even angry.

Voice/Point Of View

You also need to think about the voice of your novel. Whether this is from the viewpoint of a narrator or your main character, you need to keep it consistent. Unless you have a really creative story idea that would explain why your main character couldn’t continue writing his/her story…

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The theme is a really important part of a story. If the author has built up a theme within his/her novel, try to keep it consistent with your story ending. As your reading the novel,  think of the themes that are being presented. Remember, a reader should be able to learn about the theme(s) themselves, you shouldn’t have to tell them.

Language

This can be difficult because when you’re writing, you want to use language that feels right to you personally. This could differ from the vocabulary the author uses naturally. There is a fine balance between vocabulary that is consistent with the author as well as using language that feels right to you.

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Again, this can be difficult because often times authors have only revealed a small portion of their character’s personality. You’re coming in from an outsider’s viewpoint trying to understand this character. As your reading your novel, try to pick up on idiosyncrasies or other defining personality traits. Try to include them in your ending without being too obvious.

This is supposed to be a fun activity – so don’t take it too seriously. The more you practice your creative writing, the easier it will get. So, how will you end the story? Send me your ideas at englishexpressions@outlook.com; I’d love to see your creative works!

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