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Chapter 10. Making Your Bones > End Game: Conclusions - Pg. 116

Making Your Bones 116 for the present. London was within easy reach, and she could be in constant touch with writers whose conversation was as polished and civilized as their prose--James, Bourget, Lubbock, and Sturgis" (Auchincloss, 26). These writers, and their influence on Wharton's life and work, also reveal her concern with English mores and manners. Story Time You learned earlier in this chapter that anecdotes (brief stories) can help you craft interesting open- ing paragraphs. Anecdotes can also help you make your point clearer in the body of your writing. Anecdotes work especially well with personal narratives, oral histories, biographies, and stories. Here's an example from a professional writer, Rudolph A. Anaya, from his essay "A Celebration of Grandfathers": I remember once, while hoeing the fields, I came upon an anthill, and before I knew it I was badly bitten. After he had covered my welts with the cool mud from the irrigation ditch, my grandfather calmly said, "Know where you stand." End Game: Conclusions Never can say good-bye? All good things must come to an end, and a piece of writing is no exception. Concluding a piece of writing involves more than just slapping on a final paragraph, however. An effective conclusion must fulfill these three functions: 1. 2. 3. Pull together all your ideas. Leave your readers feeling satisfied. Prompt readers to continue thinking about your writing after they've finished reading it.