Resolution Or Closure

The advantage of having a story goal is that it gives you a direction to head in and a destination to reach. When you arrive you're rewarded with a sense of resolution or closure that's rare in real life. Both writer and reader get to find out how it all comes out.

This means that the major questions posed by the story get answered before the words The End appear. It doesn't mean that there can be no ambiguities left, or that the reader will know for sure that the characters will (or won't) live happily ever after. But the story achieves its own kind of completeness: These connected events have reached their logical conclusion. Anything else that might happen belongs in a new story.

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