‘Try, if possible, to finish in the concrete, with an action, a movement, to carry the reader forward. Never forget that a story begins long before you start it and ends long after you end it. Allow your reader to walk out from your last line and into her own imagination. Find some last-line grace. This is the true gift of writing. It is not yours anymore. It belongs in the elsewhere. It is the place you have created. Your last line is the first line for everybody else.’

– Colum McCann

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“What I’ve understood from my reading, and I’ve read a lot, is that there are only three possible endings, once you’ve got rid of the Hollywood falsity of a happy ending – and those three endings are revenge, tragedy and forgiveness. There is nothing else… revenge and tragedy usually go to together and it’s only forgiveness which allows the story to move on from that last page, from that finality into a new possibility.”

Jeanette Winterson

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