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Story endings
  Explain the result of the events or show how the problem was solved. (But don't end with everyone going home for tea or someone waking up to find it was all a dream - that's boring!)

Endings usually bring the story round 'full circle'. For example,

Start: Three scruffy pirates sat gloomily around a table in the Lord Nelson pub, staring down in to their empty beer glasses. One by one they emptied out their pockets. It seemed they had all run out of money.

Ending: The pirate gang made their way down the quay to their favourite pub to celebrate their success. They had earned enough money now to buy a year's worth of beer - and have change.
  The final sentence is as important as the opening sentence. It usually sums up the story's theme or message.
  • It had been the best day of my life.
  • I'll never forget her.
  • If only he hadn't been so selfish.
  • She realised taking part is much more important than winning.
  • It just goes to show, crime really doesn't pay.
  • They were richer than they could ever have dreamed.
  • I still laugh when I think about it.
For more ideas, look at some of your favourite stories and check out the very last sentence in each.

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