Thursday, April 22, 2010

2 Writing the Perfect Climax and Ending

Guest blogger Kat Zhang did a great article about Endings and Climaxes on Let the Words Flow today. It reminded me that we all spend a lot of time worrying about the beginning of a novel, and far too little time thinking about the end. This is, I believe, the reason a synopsis, outline, or other form of plan is necessary. Otherwise, it's just too easy to write yourself into a corner.

Kat's advice is sound. Here's my takeaway:

1) Have the protagonist solve the final problem.
2) Make sure the protag has earned any victory through growth, courage, self-sacrifice, and hard work.
3) Ensure all tools the protag and antag use have been woven and layered in throughout the book.
4) Take time for wrap-up in the denouement, hinting at how the protag's growth will change the world around her going forward.

Read the full article:

And for further information on climaxes and endings:

Write a satisfying climax,



  1. You always compile the best sites. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Sheri! That's so good to hear. I love blogging about sites that I want to keep track of -- that way I can find them when I need them, too, and hopefully they help other writers along the way.


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