The 10 Worst Ways To End A Novel

1. Thank God it was all just a dream!

2. Thank God it was all just a dream.... or was it?

3. Who was that masked man?

4. They all lived happily ever after.

5. Yes, we defeated him, but I have a feeling he'll be back.

6. And in the end, nothing matters. Death is the only certainty.

7. ... and that's a lesson we can all take to heart.

8. Hang on... what just happened here?

9. Because, you see, I have been lying to you all along! I killed them! Ha ha!

10. From that day onward, the mystery of the mysterious mist remained unexplained.

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  1. Who am I kidding... I have an unfinished novel that is DYING to get finished, no matter what lame ending gets tacked on.
    I think I might steal number 8.

  2. 11. Please visit www.IHaveYourMoneyNow.Org/YouCan'tGetItBack for the thrilling conclusion.

  3. I'm not sure I agree with 4. Sometimes I do just want to believe the lie.

  4. I hate it when the mysterious mist remains mysterious.

  5. Uh-oh, better go back and change the ending to my manuscript...

    With number 8, I'm guessing it's the reader saying that, not the author putting it in the book...I know I've said that before when I've finished some books.

  6. Number 8 is one of those endings where nothing is resolved - just all the characters recognizing the post-modern inexplicability of life.

  7. I am partial to #8. I will now end all my novels with #8. All zero of them. My novellas will end with "Heavens to Betsy! It was just a slug!"


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