The 4-Part Process for Writing a Phenomenal Story Climax

The 4-Part Process for Writing a Phenomenal Story Climax

Today, I’m posting over on AuthorCulture, with the post “Does Your Story Climax Pack a Punch?” Here’s an excerpt: The best part of the Fourth of July (other than the fried chicken and potato salad, of course) is the fireworks at the end of the day. Everyone looks forward to sundown and the explosions of color that […]

do you have to write happy endings header

Do You Have to Write Happy Endings?

In the 2003 film adaptation of Peter Pan, Wendy describes the stories she’s been telling the Lost Boys as “adventures, in which good triumphs over evil.” In response, Captain Hook sneers, “They all end in a kiss.” Like Wendy and the Lost Boys, millions of people escape into the world of fiction to find happily-ever-after […]

External and Internal Conflict: The Killer Combination

A general writing rule of thumb states that every page of your story should contain conflict. But sometimes it can be difficult to think up enough conflict to fill the nooks and crannies. After all, your hero can’t be battling it out with the villain on every single page. So what to do? The secret […]

How to Write an Epilogue That Works

How to Write an Epilogue That Works: 5 Tips

Want to learn how to write an epilogue that works? First, you need to understand why so many epilogues don’t work. How Not to Write an Epilogue Epilogues, like prologues, are, by their very definition, extraneous. As a result, they’re often unnecessary. Too many epilogues are self-indulgent happily-ever-afters by authors who want to make sure the reader […]

How to Kill a Character—And Avoid Hate Mail

How to Kill a Character—And Avoid Hate Mail

Some of the most powerful stories in literature and cinema have a surprising common element: The death of a main character. At first glance, this would seem to be an instant turnoff. Why hang with a character for 300+ pages only to watch him get knocked off in the end? But the truth is, when […]

Why You Should Write More Than One Ending to Your Book

Why You Should Write More Than One Ending to Your Book

Movie directors often film alternate endings. After previewing a film to select audiences, they sometimes discover that the originally planned ending doesn’t quite work, for whatever reason. Despite the fact that the movie was, to all intents and purposes, finished, they reopen shooting and create a new ending, one which will hopefully resonate with viewers […]