Crafting the story’s close/resolution


Before I started this book I had a general idea how I wanted it to end, the crime that was committed, and the people responsible. At that time I had envisioned that the bad guys would be caught, a trial followed, and a conviction. But I hadn’t worked out the details of how they would be caught.

As the book progressed and the characters became more alive, it became apparent that I had to protect the identity of the heroine, yet make sure that the “bad guys” were exposed. This led to a change in the story’s ending from when I first envisioned it. As I got further into the book I also found that it was necessary to have one of my main characters become a victim to keep the story going, which added a new twist to the plot.

Then as I devised the final scene, I realized that the characters needed to live on beyond this book. I envisioned a sequel starting where this book ended. I am now working on a sequel that starts with the trial of the “bad guys.” The same characters are involved with a new twist in the plot, a twist that will either strengthen the character’s relationship or end it.

My advice to new writers is to let the story develop itself through the characters. Have a general idea where you want the story to go when you start, but let it evolve as your characters evolve. Believe me, they will evolve…just let them.

How about you? How did you plan your story to end? Is there any advice you can give on how stories can end? I would love for you to comment down below and start a discussion! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


James Frazee

Author, The Mosquito Bites

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