Friday, April 13, 2012

how to end a book

· Here's a great list, from Charlotte Dillon's website, of points that should be included at the end of a book! I used it as a checklist and hope it helps you too .

Starts with crisis, where the worst that can happen happens-- the supreme test, the forced confrontation with the internal conflict.

· Plunges protagonist into the dark moment, where lies despair, fear of failure... and the decision to do what it takes to recover, including overcoming the internal conflict.

· Forces a decision on the protagonist which leads to the action that brings on the climax.

· In the climax, brings the external conflict to explosion and, through effective protagonist action, resolves it.

· In the resolution, restores the world to order, but shows the changes that result from the plot events.


  1. Ooo, this is great, Saumya! Thanks for sharing!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

  2. This is wonderful, Saumya. I like the list a lot.

  3. That's a great way to break it down! Amazing endings are hard, and so elusive, so any kind of formula helps!