Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Reaching For The End

The beginning is finished, the middle has reached the point where the story must end soon. You ask yourself, How do I end this?

For the ending to give the reader that sense of satisfaction the story needs a climax and a resolution. The ending should bring a sense of relief for the reader. The ending doesn't have to be happy.

So when ending a story give the focus character a choice between two ways to solve his problem. There could be an easy way and a hard way so choose with care. The ending of a story needs to release the tension you've carefully built.

The climax scene shows the reader how the character makes that final decision. The resolution shows what the focal character receives. It also shows what he deserves. The way to show the reader these things will be explored in the next few weeks.

1 comment:

Melissa Keir said...

I've learned that when the climax is too easy, people feel gyped.