I struggle with endings. Whether it’s a flash fiction or a novel, I have a hard time finding that perfect resolution that leaves the reader (and writer) with a satisfying feeling deep inside.
Coming up with zingy last lines or satisfying scenes seems less challenging: those are tiny morsels of yumminess, not the entire meal, which needs to be balanced and hearty and leave you content.
I don’t lack for a resolution to my plotlines, rather I have too many not-quite-perfect endings, like Prince Charming searching for the perfect fit to his glass slipper. Perhaps it is because a satisfying ending is so emotionally based. If there were a scientific formula that described the ingredients for a perfect ending, I would gladly use it. But a good ending is almost completely defined by how it makes you feel, and emotions are not amenable to formulaic reasoning. And so I try each one on for size, spending time with it to see how it resonates with me emotionally.
Very unscientific. If you have the magic formula, please let me know.
What makes a satisfying ending for you as a reader? Is it the same when you are the writer?