The End: Turn one-time readers into long-time fans (Story structure in Harry Potter, Pt V)

The last in the write like Rowling advice.

Write Like Rowling

For those of us still fighting our way to publication, we tend to believe – or at least we want to believe – that publishing our first beautiful book means we’ve finally crossed the finished line. We’ve won. We’re now authors. But the truth is that the race has just begun. To publish one book is great. To publish many books is work. One of the biggest things that will determine if you’ll be a one-hit wonder or a lifelong author is how you leave your reader feeling at “The End.” As Larry Brooks says in Story Engineering:

[The ending] is where the protagonist earns the right to be called a hero. The more the reader feels the ending through that heroism – which depends on the degree to which you’ve emotionally vested the reader prior to [this] – the more effective the ending will be. This is the…

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