Stuck with your script's ending? Here's the solution
After spending weeks and months on a screenplay, pouring all your energy into drafting and re-drafting it several times, getting stuck with its ending can be one of the biggest nightmares for a writer. The whole story, with its host of interesting characters and carefully woven narrative, can fall flat with a clichéd or indifferent ending.
While there are a number of available guidelines on how to write the perfect ending of a story, there are no hard or fast rules on how you decide to end your story. Nevertheless, some strategies help in getting your story across and solving your screenwriting problems. Writing screenplay for a movie is quite a daunting task by itself with the writer juggling multiple acts, narratives and character stories. As all of them have to be tied together at the end without any strings unattached, there are a few things that you need to consider.
First factors to consider is whether the film will have a sequel
One of the first factors to consider is whether the film will have a sequel. Whether you end the film with a cliffhanger, which makes the audiences wait with anticipation about the next part, or you want to end the character arcs decisively depends on this. In the case of the latter, go through the entire screenplay to study the characters, so you can ground the ending on what it means for the principal characters. If you have constructed a protagonist who is empowered, flawed, and has context to their actions, you will be able to structure an ending best suited to the character.
As you take care of the ending with respect to the character, it’s time to think of the audience’s reaction. The ending needs to resonate with the audience and leave them high on emotions. In order to do that, the ending of a screenplay needs to have both context and conciseness. The audience wants to feel decisive emotions. Hence, the characters and multi-strand narratives need to be tied together for one decisive ending so that the audience is not exhausted.
Every story and every writer is different, and how they end their stories also tends to be unique. Due to the magnitude of a film’s script, a lot of screenwriters are likely to struggle writing the ending with proper resolution. So, you might not find the perfect solution about how to end your story, but hopefully, you found ways to generate possibilities.