The Big Bang
Seemed appropriate that on the 4th of July we'd talk about Big Bangs...only today it will be about ending your novel with one.
I recently took an online class with Lisa Garner, and her last lecture was on ending with a bang. She pulls together all the elements needed to do that just as you'd expect a multi-pubbed, bestselling author to do.
Far be it from me to attempt and paraphrase her words, so I'm going to share a few of her own words.
From Lisa Garner:
"First, all good romantic suspense novels need the BLACK MOMENT. In plotting terms, the Black Moment is when all seems lost. It is the ultimate collision of internal and external conflict. The villain has set a bigger mousetrap, the hero can’t think of way out of it, and he is terrified that he is failing the heroine as he has failed too many times before. This in where your character’s mettle is truly tested..."
"Black Moments are extremely important in romantic suspense. It’s the emotional apex when everything comes together. Hope and despair, love and hate..."
"Resolution in romantic suspense will almost always involve action of some kind. You want to end with a bang. Think big, bigger, and biggest..."
"When it comes to vanquishing the villain, you need to choose which character gets to deliver the death blow. I mean this seriously. While both the hero and heroine have an interest in defeating the bad guy, one of them probably has something more personal at stake, and the ending will be more emotionally fulfilling for your reader, if that character gets to play the pivotal role..."
"...after you have wrapped up your plot, defeated the bad guy, and explained the plot twists, end with your hero and heroine. Let them laugh, cry or love. Tell the reader how they will continue their lives together, stronger, healthier, and happier. This will provide the final warm glow so that your reader can lean back against the headboard and feel satisfied..."
She makes it sound so easy, doesn't she? **Sigh**
Everyone, enjoy your Independence Day celebrations! And tonight while you're watching the fireworks finale, think about your WIP--does it have the necessary elements to end with a BIG BANG?
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