How to Improve Your Writing Skills: The Last 10,000 Words

Enjoy this writer’s guide to how to write better endings.

Your writing skills have helped you knock out nearly all of your novel, but here you are now closing in on The End. It’s in this home stretch of the writing process—the final 10,000 words of your manuscript—that you need to focus and make sure you close strong. Readers have stuck with you this far; the last think you want to do is disappoint with a weak ending.

In this free download, The Dos and Don’ts for the Last 10,000 Words of Your Story, you’ll get excellent writing tips and advice on how to end your novel in a way that will not only satisfy readers but also have them telling their friends, “The ending to that novel was fantastic!” You’ll also receive specific book writing tips for tackling the final 1,000 words of your story, helping you make the most compelling end to a novel that you can possibly write. What are you waiting for? Discover what the experts know about writing better endings with this free download.

The Writing Process: Dos and Don'ts for the Last 10,000 Words

Improve Writing Skills: Writing Advice for the Last 10,000 Words

 

Here is a sampling of the Dos and Don’ts writing rules for the last 10,000 words of your novel featured in this free download:

 

DON’T INTRODUCE ANY NEW CHARACTERS OR SUBPLOTS.

  • Don’t introduce anything new. Any appearances within the last fifty pages should have been foreshadowed earlier, even if mysteriously. What this means: If you bring in a new character this late, your audience will feel cheated, as if you’ve been holding back important information for a cheap surprise. They want clues throughout the novel so that way, even if they couldn’t solve it early, they can look back and say “Oh yeah, now that makes sense.”

DON’T DESCRIBE, MUSE, EXPLAIN, OR PHILOSOPHIZE.

  • In other words, keep the author out of the story, and don’t let it drag. By this point in the story, setup is done, complication is wrapping up, and resolution should be entirely uncluttered so you and the reader can make an unimpeded dash to the finish line. Keep description to a minimum, action and conflict to the max.

    What this means: No long details about the setting or sudden dishing about backstory. This is what your story is all about. Your protagonist has sacrificed and made wrong turns to get to this moment. Make these pages as fast-paced as possible.

DO CREATE THAT SENSE OF OH, WOW!

  • Once or twice on every page, if possible, more frequently.

    What this means: Stories that play out “Then this happened. Then this happened. Then this happened.” in the final moments aren’t memorable. It’s better to put in an “But unexpectedly …” as the final chapters close up your story, especially if it ties up moments you’ve foreshadowed earlier in your novel.

DO ENMESH YOUR READER DEEPLY IN THE OUTCOME OF YOUR STORY.

  • Make her unable to put down your novel to go to bed, to work, or even to the bathroom until she sees how it turns out.

    What this means: Like in sports, the most captivating part is the final minutes or innings of a close game. You can’t take your eyes off of it because you not only want to know the outcome, you feel like you need to know the outcome—and you need to know it immediately. Think of your ending in those terms.


What are you waiting for? Writing advice for your final pages is just a click away!

 

Use these creative writing tips on how to write well to craft the most dynamic and entertaining ending to your novel. Plus, no matter how many novels you write, you can keep this free download and reference it time and time again to help you write better and get published. Teaching writing skills and helping you improve your writing is our goal that way you can stay on the path to achieve your goal.

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