Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wizardry Writing Wednesday #17 - Story Resolution

Hello young scribes and writing scholars-
Wizard Lexiconi here with the last novel writing installment for this season. 

Last week, we talked about the denouement stage, or the falling action. This is where you have taken all the story threads and tied them into neat little conclusion bows that will satisfy the reader and leave them closing the book with a happy sigh.


But that's not the end. It's not THE END until you've written THE END.

So, how to end a book? Generally, I enjoy a book that ends with a bit of a hook. Something that leaves the reader's imagination open to more possibilities.

You, dear writer, will have to decide... Is this the end, for good, of this character's story? Or will you perhaps, at another time, want to continue the on-going saga of your beloved hero? This decision will determine your ending scene.

Remember, the ending can go any way that you want. Please leave out the "And they lived happily ever-after." It's been done. Way too much. Okay for happy endings and a happy life, but don't say it.

Show it in a brief scene.

Or show a hint of pending adventure about to knock on the door.

Think of Dorthy. She was back home and she was happy and that's how The Wizard of Oz ended. We know her story was done.

Think of Harry and how in each book, you knew he would be back next year for more adventures in his fight against He Who Must Not Be Named.

In The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, you knew some of the children would be back into Narnia at a later date. "Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia." This left the door open to possible returns.

I hope you are busting with ideas on how to conclude your story now. Don't make it difficult. This is probably the most heart-wrenching, yet thrilling chapter you will write. And then, those final words...

The End.


Of course, this is also the end of my novel writing lessons, but not the end completely. I will be back with mini-lessons for helping younger future scribes learn the craft of writing and a writing prompt here and there to keep your Idea Creator primed and working.

Until next time...
Happy Writing, friends.
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales.
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire.

1 comment:

Heather said...

The ending is the hardest part of writing for me. Thanks for the advice!