Welcome to my series on Pixar’s now-famous 22 Rules of Storytelling. I don’t religiously follow all of these like they’re story commandments, but I do happen to agree with many of them. I thought it might be fun to examine why and explain what each means to me. You can start at the beginning here.
As a plot centric author, I could not agree more. Nothing can turn a 5-star book into something average easier than the ending.
Stories are contracts, written by the author, relied upon by the audience. Threads are cut, dangling. The world is thrust into chaos. It is the authors job to tie up all the loose ends in a satisfying way.
Cheaping out on the amount of thought necessary to wrap things up will destroy all the goodwill that’s been garnered thus far. It’s not enough to pull readers in. They need to be left- not necessarily happy- but content.