The Art of ‘The End’

There’s something supremely satisfying about a good ending to a book or movie. If it goes just right, it can be that exclamation point on a fantastic experience that leaves you wanting more! I mean, how can you be expected to just leave those characters and that world behind forever? You just have to have more! And yet…that ending just felt so right. It was the perfect goodbye.

‘The End’. Two short words that can have such a profound impact on a story, and these are precisely the words that are missing so often in modern entertainment. We live in the age of sequels and prequels, reboots and origin stories. A successful film, book, or video game often goes the way of “The Land Before Time”. By that, I mean an excellent story is turned into just another cash cow with no real ending and no goodbye. It’s like a party guest that, while charming, humorous, and fun to be around during the party, just never goes home. Who would want that?

I get it. The bottom line is all that matters for big names in the entertainment industry. If people will keep paying for something, why not keep giving it to them? But a good story deserves a good ending, like bidding a final farewell to a beloved friend.

When I finished His Name Was Zach the first time, I thought I had a great ending written down. And it was a great ending. But after sitting on that for a while I realized it wasn’t the best ending. And that’s when I began writing further, trying out ideas. Now I have completed the first draft of a sequel and will soon begin a third book. And the closer I get to the end, the more I think about creating even more content yet again. But not this time. This time the story will end in such a way that it can’t possibly be improved. An attempt add to it, even done out of desire to see the characters again, would be a disservice to the story.

Sequels, prequels, these can be great. But only when they add to the value of the original story. Even if we can’t bear to say goodbye to a beloved character, we still must eventually do so. As in real life, all good things must come to an end. So why not let them end in the best possible way?

If you still need a copy of His Name Was Zach, or you enjoyed it and think you know a friend who would also like reading it, you can download the ebook on Kindle here for just 99 cents! Plus, subscribers to Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Owners’ Lending Library can read it for FREE! Paperbacks can be ordered from Amazon with Prime members getting free shipping! Paperback copies can also be ordered from Barnes & Noble.

Published by Peter Martuneac

Marine, Boilermaker, husband and father. I'm here to share my thoughts on all things political or philosophical.

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