How Can Fantasy Stories End Without a Big Battle?

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I’m pre-writing a long fantasy series and the final “act” always seems to be a build up to one great big battle scene.

Are there any other options for sci-fi/fantasy writers’ third act instead of a great big world-ending battle?

That would be a great article. Super helpful.

In the meantime, do you have any ideas for me?



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