Writing Tips that will take your story to the next level!
Ever felt like you don't know where your story is going? Ever had any doubts about the quality of your story (or even your ability as a writer)? Ever thought that something was missing from your story but didn't quite know what that something was? Here's your chance to learn how to improve your writing. Ten fresh writing tips, which I didn't make up but borrowed from other experts and tailored them to the purposes of my own writing. Enjoy!
9. One quick note about the Climax of your story
Everything in your story needs to build up to your climax. Every scene needs to be pertinent to the plot (check chapter 3 for more). Every character needs to add something to the story. Every element you describe has to have some significance. Those things all lead eventually to your story's climax.
The climax happens around 90% of your book, but don't be too strict about this. It can start earlier or a bit later, no harm whatsoever. This is where all your major characters reassemble for a final battle between good and bad-- but the antagonist has to be defeated by the protagonist and by nobody else.
Now, let's consider the order a bit. Have you noticed this in books and movies: the less important antagonistic forces are defeated first, and THEN come the most important, leaving the major antagonist to the final place. This means that if you have, say, a group of hooligans who are dominated by a bad company CEO guy, the members of the group will mostly always be beaten first, and their chief later.
The Climax is an event--or series of events-- that are of major importance to your story. Whether the protagonist wins or loses, you decide. But, whatever you choose, bear this in mind: the climax has to be a killer scene which ties off all important elements.
Before the climax: Building up of tension
After the climax: Falling action and resolution/denouement
One final bonus tip: Make sure you foreshadow the setting of the climax somewhere in the previous pages (whether at the beginning or middle of the story, has no significance).
Craft a highly evocative climax and readers will be delighted!