This is my cat Sandman. Doesn’t he look content and satisfied cuddling up with the quilt I made for our son and daughter-in-law’s nephew?
That’s how our ending should be.
In our mentor text, DIRTY RATS? it starts out by asking a question. On the last page of the main text, pages 26-27, it answers that question based on all the information it has been presenting.
In the beginning of our manuscript, if we followed along with DIRTY RATS? we also asked a question.
So here, on the last page of our text, let’s answer that question. We need to make sure we answer it based on the information we provided.
This should leave our readers feeling a sense of satisfaction, even if we leave the answer open-ended like in our mentor text.
Then, after we write our ending, we can add in back matter to add depth and content. You can add in content that mirrors our mentor text, or you can add in such ingredients as a glossary or a timeline.
So have fun! You’re nearing the finish line! Write the ending of your manuscript and the back matter.