Writing Mini-Lessons: Conclusions, Reflective Close

From an earlier mini-lesson, you know the importance of a piece’s ending and have experimented with conclusions that end strongly.  A reflective close is a specific technique for concluding strongly. 

The definition of reflection is looking back on an experience and determining the importance of that experience, what you learned; insightful, considered thoughts about a subject. 

A reflective close demands reflection from the writer. This conclusion requires the writer to be insightful and to reflect deeply and honestly about the main experience, event, or message of the piece.  This conclusion looks back over the story and draws a conclusion about the experience, sometimes sharing a lesson learned with the reader, other times simply offering some thoughts about the experience and how it has changed the writer’s life.