cedunkley (cedunkley) wrote,

I love the smell of plot bunnies in the morning...

While I'm still very early on in my WIP I've been bothered by how to pull of the ending. This is a stand-alone fantasy book. And it isn't. It is also a prequel, a setting of the stage for a 5 book story I plan to write.

Because of this there are things that cannot happen at the end of this book that a reader might expect or even demand happen. I've been struggling with how to write what happens in the right way so the reader is satisfied. I've had two major stumbling blocks:

  1. How to introduce a critical event (critical not only to this book but the 5 book story arc).

  2. That big bang moment of the climactic scene. (I know what happens at the end but have been missing that really big wallop that brings it home.)

Early this morning while getting ready for work I had yet another of those moments when the solution just presents itself with its nonchalant knock and a hello, look at me wave of the hand.

I think I have what I need to not only provide that big bang moment but to set up the expectation in the reader that, while the main threat of this novel is resolved, there is a lot more story to tell in this world and that they are witnessing merely the beginning.

This instantly presented the problem of: "OK, I've got my big punch moment, but just how am I also going use that to do my larger story arc setup and leave the reader satisfied."

Luckily, over on the wonderful writers blog Magical Words this morning David B. Coe davidbcoe posted another installment of his Writing Your Book series, this time discussing Story Arc and Your Ending. His breakdown of the various ways to end a book helped me take my plot breakthrough through this morning and give me some ideas on how to make that ending chapter work.

Its going to be a while before I get to that point to actually write that final chapter but it does feel better knowing its out there and what I need it to accomplish. The fun part is finding out which characters make it that far!
Tags: endings, first draft, magical words, plotting

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