Every scene should end in a way that makes the reader want to continue reading. This helps with pacing and makes the reader think “I couldn’t put it down.”
Here are a few good ways to end a scene:
- Impending disaster
- A mysterious line of dialogue
- A secret suddenly revealed
- A major decision or vow
- Announcement of a shattering event
- Reversal or surprise—new information that turns the story around
- A question left hanging in the air.
Typically, you don’t want to end a scene or a chapter at a place that makes the reader want to stop reading. A character going to sleep or happily contemplating some bit of good news are examples of sceneendings that might make the reader stop.