Endings: It's what we live for, right? Whether watching a movie, reading a book, living life, or writing a novel, the ending can leave us on the edge of our seat. They can make us swoon. They can totally piss us off to the point we cry, throw what's every lying next to us, stuff our faces, and are a total mess for days. It's anyone's guess most of the time. It's also what keeps us going until we reach that final sentence. That final day. Those final minutes.
This past week, I had the complete joy in providing the Teen Writer's with a twisting challenge. Finish the ending for the author. Guess what, they loved it and each ending was so amazingly different. They all had the same story to start their writing journey. I chose Because I Love You by Jacques Antoine. I knew a thriller like this would open the door for many options. It could turn romance, horror, fantasy, however the writer intends to see the stories close.
Let me tell you, this was one of the best classes we've had. There were laughs. There were debates. There was all kinds of interactions as each writer told their tale as they saw it fitting to end. It was the funniest writing exercise ever AND they all learned no story can ever be told the same. This is why so many say write your story. Every story is unique because it's your voice, your view, your imagination.
Gather your writers (or just you and your pen) and settle in for some fun story spinning.
Choose a short story. It can be any story you like, but be sure to have only one. If you let the students chose a story themselves and everyone has a different story, it's not as fun. Tried it, failed.
Give student 45 minutes to write their ending. If everyone finishes then go ahead and start reading the goods out loud.
Get ready for the fun as each student relays their story!
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