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Obsession: Chapter Endings

As writers, we obsess over chapter endings for good reason. The best ones hook readers for another few minutes, or hours. Not so good and it's lights-off-for-bedtime. We love a good chapter ending when we read it, but recognizing one and writing one are mysteriously different. "We know we need to craft good chapter endings but, fingers over keyboards, we ask, 'How?'" What makes a good chapter ending? Nuggets of conventional wisdom include: vary your endings, make the reader want to turn the page, and don’t always end on the same note. If an ending falls flat, ends on a down note, or feels too conclusive, it’s easy for the reader to feel satisfied and put the book down. And, my favorite pair

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