Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Dead End - Make a determination where the story ends. There is nothing that comes after; no epilogue, no further explanation. A predetermined end point allows the story to unfold from the set-up.
Ready, Set, Go - Timing is everything. Picking the perfect time to end the story leaves the reader feeling satisfied. Sometimes pulling out almost at the end can be even better. In the HEA ending, it is implied; riding into the sunset, getting to the altar, kissing.
Conflictus Resolvus - Determine the main conflict, all of its possible endings then decide which is best for the story. The convergence point allows all of the conflicts to be tidied not necessarily resolved.
The Beat Goes On - When the story is complete, the reader walks away feeling that the main characters are still living out there somewhere. On some plane, all of our favorite characters are partying in the ether.