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16. Writing the Resolution

Welcome to my blog on Writing the Resolution.

You’re not about to have some visionary religious experience but I do hope that what you read inspires you to come up with a dramatic resolution – an ending worthy of your readers’ time.

I’ve written about the challenges of finding the right experts, establishing credibility and authenticity – and even the software to store all the information in order. Once the plot and the novel takes shape, and the rewrites begin, then comes your opportunity to shape the twists and turns of the plot.

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First established your main characters; a protagonist and an anti hero and perhaps a love interest. Then decide on the main aim of getting your hero to achieve what he / she wants and add obstacles so that the framework of your story is in place. Some characters may have the same interest or goal but they always have different ways to achieve them.

It’s how you reveal their goals that it becomes an interesting story. Not all characters are good, open or honest.

Snowflake method suggests writing an page for each character to include their aims, goals and desires. No one is perfect, so add flaws to your characters. For example, your hero maybe strong but he may be full of self doubt or unable to love. As you expand on the characters, their desires and the decisions they make so the story will be driven forward.
It doesn’t matter if it the story goes in a different direction than the one you initially intended. The fun is in letting go with your writing and seeing where the characters go as they evolve. It may mean that you have to return to you draft and insert some details in the backstory but it doesn’t matter. That’s called rewriting.

Let new ideas come through and explore every angle. Through dialogue and action you can reveal the different stages of the plot. You’ll be surprised at how many ideas come to you. It’s exciting when you reveal a twist or unexpected surprise that will keep the reader hooked.

Your plot must be logical and plausible. Laying stepping stones for the reader is essential. and the best reward is when the reader says, ‘I never saw that coming’ even though clues had been placed discreetly in the book.

Don’t be afraid to swap and change. Experiment. Create excitement. Create a plot outline that you would like to read. You can work out who does what and the consequences of their actions but if it changes as you write then go with the flow. This is the fun stage where you can let your imagination fly with your ideas. Structure your story so that the resolution will surprise.
REMEMBER: Just when the reader thinks they know what’s happening, add a twist or a surprise element to keep them hooked and turning the pages. Don’t be afraid to challenge the readers’ expectations.

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Next Blog Post: Avoiding a Saggy Middle.

LINKS:
Snowflake method
Steven King’s Top Twenty Rules for Writers
Writing a Short Story

Janet Pywell

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