Often, I have real trouble with ending my short stories in a way I'm happy with.
I want my endings to be ending-y enough, but not too THE END-y.
Do you know what I mean?
With the story I'm working on at the moment it comes down to pace. When I started editing it last week I noticed it suddenly speeds up about 3 quarters of the way through, smacking of 'desperately trying to end this now!'.
I think pace is hard to notice when you're up close to a story. I keep making edges of progress with this one and then leaving it for a few days for a bit of clarity. This is proving useful, and the end is forming a bit more naturally with each session.
It will be trying its luck in the Mslexia Women's Short Story Competition which closes on the 24th Jan.