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Want a strong ending to your story? Here are 3 tips

The start of your story hooks a reader, but the ending is what leaves an impression. It deserves as much attention as your opening.

Here are three strategies from columnist Leonard Pitts for writing powerful kickers.

End with a twist. Give readers a surprise, and take them in a direction they didn’t expect.

End with a quote. A great closing quote is rare. But every once in a while, the person you’re writing about gives you the words that button up the story. It’s almost rude to refuse that gift.

End with the beginning. Plant your kicker high in the story, then circle back to it at the end. This gives your readers a sense of closure or finality.

Taken from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writers: Secrets of Their Craft, a self-directed course with Leonard Pitts and other prize-winning journalists at Poynter NewsU.

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Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager. She is the author of Cleaning Your Copy: Grammar, Style and More – a self-directed e-learning course that consistently is ranked as one of the most popular courses at Poynter News University. Other work includes producing “Best Newspaper Writing,” the annual collection of the ASNE Distinguished Writing Award winners and finalists, and editing “Aim for the Heart,” a book by Poynter’s Al Tompkins for TV reporters and producers. You can follow her on Twitter at @vkrueger and @newsu.

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