Thursday, March 5, 2020
Ending a Letter
Ending a LetterIt's easy to notice how many of the endings used in a narrative can be completely wrong or imply a premise or conclusion you're not expecting. In many cases, ending a story is as simple as removing these endings and writing the same story again with a new ending. However, by ensuring that all the key elements of the story are properly used, you can generally write a story where each individual element of the story and the entire story have a logical progression and meaning.o 'By any stretch of the imagination' - I've seen this written as well as 'by any stretch of the imagination' and it can be extremely confusing. The fact is you'll never get people to agree on the exact wording. This sentence would have to start out, 'By any stretch of the imagination, the people in this room are dead.' Make sure that you rephrase the sentence into something like, 'By any stretch of the imagination, the people in this room are dead, but we know they're not'.o 'Every time she looks in the mirror' - Sometimes you'll have someone tell a story about a time they saw their mother look in the mirror, only to find that she had 'old friends 'new friends' written all over her face. By writing something like 'Every time she looks in the mirror,' you can get people to understand the same fact without giving away any secrets. The key is in what you're saying.o 'I'm moving to New York' - This one may seem like an odd choice of ending for a letter, but when writing a novel you'll often come across a very important or significant character, and this is one way to end the letter. If you plan to have the character living in your story, make sure you offer a reason why the character will want to move to the city. Try to keep your story as close to reality as possible while still making a fair enough explanation for what you're about to do.o 'I love you' - It doesn't make sense to end a letter with 'I love you', but sometimes you'll find yourself making the error without realizing it. Instead of saying 'I love you,' you can try something like 'It's so much fun being with you, and we should do it more often.' This would be a very short letter, and only a single paragraph long, so you could easily add another paragraph after telling the reader that they're 'terribly grateful' for his or her letters. The key is in the pause - the pause between the two sentences is incredibly important, so use it wisely.o 'Just don't lose my number' - This is one of the most common ending sentences and you'll often find people coming up with a lengthy explanation. Instead of suggesting that you should write back to him or her, just mention that you'll miss them and would love to hear from them again. At this point you're likely to find that your story makes sense and your readers will actually enjoy reading the letter as well.There are hundreds of sentence examples like these, so think carefully about what you want to accomplish when ending a letter. Ensure that each word is say ing something, and your reader will find that the letter will make sense and have some purpose.