A Twist on Story Starters: Story Enders
Thanks to Louisa’s comment on story starters, I’m posting an unusual twist to the traditional story starter prompt: story enders. Often I will start a story with an ending in mind, and sometimes the ending will come to you first in a story, so story ender prompts are not outrageous. Try a few.
There was a flower, a daisy, by the side of the road. Ironic.
Why is the flower ironic? What lies beyond the flower? Why is a daisy special? Where does the road go?
I never got rid of the callouses I earned that day.
Obviously, what caused the callouses?
When I woke up, it was just as gray and gloomy as it had been all day. But for the first time I didn’t mind.
What is gray and gloomy? The weather? The house? A magical object? Why did the speaker care before? Why does she not care now? Is it good or bad they don’t care?
She laughed and ran ahead.
Why did she laugh? Was it a happy laugh or a cruel one? Where is she running? On the sea shore? Down the mall isle? This ending doesn’t suggest a setting, so you have free reign of the location.
It wasn’t a problem now, but I couldn’t help but wonder what would have happened if the paperboy had delivered the newspaper on time.
Simply, I like this one.
Feel free to change the tense or point of view of any of these. Enjoy your story endings. You could even use these with the story starters from my last post!