Since we're on E, it just seems right to talk about it. I don't know about you, but writing the ending is something struggle with. Part of it has to do with the fact that I'm a pantster by nature. You know, the whole lack of organization thing, the "I'm not sure where this is going but it sure is a fun ride" thing.
I actually had a very embarrassing moment once (when I was in a writing class no less). I had to finish up this short story I was working on (which incidentally I'm still revising), and when I got to the end, I just didn't know how to end it. So I went all melodramatic and wrote an ending that I was definitely ashamed of later. It's really humbling when everyone's talking about the good and bad things you wrote and then they get to the part where they discuss the ending. And there's silence. Because even they can't come up with adequate words to describe how awful your choice of endings was. Yeah, it was an ugly scene.
But on the good side, I did learn how NOT to write an ending. Like to not hurry along and just write anything, no matter how loudly my muse is screaming obscenities at me through the duct tape I've plastered over his mouth. While it's a great feeling to type "The End" maybe, it's not a great feeling to look back on what you wrote and know that you really just slapped some dirty ol' cardboard together and called it a mansion. You might be able to fool a few people, but you really can't fool yourself. Unless you're one of those people who send a first draft manuscript to your favorite agent claiming they are missing out by not signing you. I suppose those kind of people really can fool themselves.
Anyway, endings are something we need to take time with. They need as much attention as everything else we write. The impression we leave the reader with as they close the book ought to have just as much impact as when they read the opening paragraph.
BTW, If you haven't put in an entry for my 200 Followers contest, you better get over there. There's still time but not for long. There will be more A To Z tomorrow, but for now, this is The End.
How do your endings happen? Do they arrive easily or do you find yourself struggling as well? If so, how do you overcome it?