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Author Leigh Bardugo on Open Endings

People often ask Author Leigh Bardugo how she knows when she is finished with a book or story. Because she outlines prior to writing, she knows the basic ending before she starts, but it is during the process of revision when the ending truly comes to life as she refines the moments, the language, and the beats of that final scene. She also likes to leave her endings somewhat open—no tidy bows, no epilogues—because not only may she want to return to the story with another book but her readers need to have places they can go in their minds with characters and stories.

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Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. The Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and short stories that can be found in multiple anthologies.