Ave, writers! Happy Halloween. Please accept my apologies for the delay in this post. The irony to say that I don’t have time to work on a program designed for people who don’t have time is humorous, in a rather twisted sense. However, here we are with the third installment and today we’ll be discussing everyone’s favorite part (key drumroll) The Climax! Stay tuned, we’ll be right back after these Hard Truths from our sponsors.
Hard Truth # 5: Presentation is key.
Hard Truth # 6: You are the narrator. You are not your characters. Remember, the rules are different for narrators than for characters. Characters are allowed to lie, cheat, steal, murder, and then save the world and be dubbed heroes. As a narrator you do all that and then they throw you in jail. This truth applies only to third person narratives.
Week 3 – The Climax (700 more words / 7 more days)
Told you we’d be back! Last week our protagonist developed a solution that failed, hopefully to various spectacular degrees, and is now dealing with an even bigger problem than before. Now they have to come up with a new (improved) solution that will restore balance and order to their world. We are still dealing with the same concepts as last week, a problem and a solution. This time the solution works.
Remember, solutions depend on the setting of your story, but they don’t require the protagonist to survive. While the protagonist MUST survive the failure (otherwise they can’t try again) it’s ok if they don’t survive their success. They succeeded. But it depends on what you’re going for and what story you are telling.
The three really important things to focus on:
1) Tie up all the loose ends. Before your climax. Loose ends are clutter and you want no distractions from your ending.
2) Present the solution in a surprising, but believable way. Hard Truth # 5 really comes into play here. Most anything can be believable if it is presented properly. I mean, this dude in a castle drinks blood, turns into a bat, and can control people telepathically. Riiight.
3) Only leave the reader the questions you want to leave them with. I have a story that is hinged on NOT answering the primary question. The whole point of the story is to get the reader saying “Is this true? Maybe?” and get that chill up their back. It’s a little creepy to me, other people have told me it’s really creepy. Either way, it is a ghost story and leaving that question open ended creates a creepy atmosphere.