How to Write a Conclusion

Authors must learn how to write a conclusion effectively.The ending is a crucial part of your story and makes the final impression on the reader.

Students are often uncertain how to wrap up a story with style and fall into ineffective patterns.

 Story Ending

Avoid ending your story with:

  • And then I woke up.
  • I woke up and realised it was all a dream.
  • So I went home and went to bed.
  • So that is the end of my story.
  • The end.
  • In conclusion...
  • Conclusion in any form

Examples of a successful story ending are:

  • A memory of the main event.
  • A decision resulting from the main event.
  • An action reflecting an important decision.
  • Thoughts and feelings about the events that have taken place.
  • A hope or wish
  • Sum up the argument which you have made in the essay in one or two sentences. (Do not provide a summary of the essay)
  • A call to action.
  • Restate the thesis in the first or second sentence.
  • An amusing, light-hearted or insightful observation if appropriate.
  • End the essay with a quote that sums up or comments on the topic.

Use a combination of the above elements to write an effective conclusion.

Questions to prompt effective story endings:

  • What would the main character remember most? (A memory)
  • What decisions might be based on events that have taken place? ( A decision)
  • What action could the main character do as a result of the events of the story? (An action.)
  • Is there any appropriate call to actions that could follow the events of the story? (An action)
  • How would the main character feel about the events which have taken place? (A Feeling)
  • What could the main character or readers wish for as a result of the events which have taken place? (A wish)

General tips:

  • Keep the conclusion straight and to the point.
  • One paragraph (four to five sentences) is sufficient.
  • Don’t repeat yourself.


Recommended Links

Examples of excellent endings.

How to Write an Introduction

How to improve sentence fluency.

Story Starter Graphic Organizers

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