Middle Madness: Climactic Approach

The one element of novels that simply can’t be left out is the climactic moment. It’s the moment in the novel that sends your readers over the edge.

It’s the stressful moment that either sends you into a mad rampage or a sobbing ball of tears. Okay, so it might be a little less intense than that. But it still is the most emotional section of your story.

Building your novel up to this moment can be difficult, which is why I’m bringing this post to you today.

I firmly believe that writer’s block hits you at the worst moment possible-when you’re excited to write, but you have no ideas. My writer’s block usually hits me when I start the ascent to my climactic moment.

However, though you may feel like nothing could ever get your novel going again, you must realize that writer’s block happens to everyone that writes a book, a bestseller, or not.

To get past this drudge-filled time of negativity and start building up suspense, you must do a few things.

  1. Review your novel. No, I don’t mean edit your novel, I mean REVIEW it. That part is hard. And while it’s okay to fix a few spelling errors do not decide that you want to rewrite anything (yet). Review your novel so that you may remind yourself of what you want your climactic moment to be. Writing a murder mystery? Your climactic moment is probably when the clues come together.
  2. Add foreshadowing. Take small pieces of what your climactic moment will be and start integrating them into your plot. Let me give you an example. If your story is about a boy who is on a journey to find his mom, you need to build up to this moment. Add in little sections of the boy searching for his mom in the midst of character development and what I like to call ‘plot fluff’ (something that is unimportant to the big picture of the novel, but still makes sense to add it).
  3. Give a taste of victory. I’ve found in reading-and writing-that adding a scene that is similar to the climactic moment can get you through the toughest bouts of writer’s block. By granting yourself and your readers this taste of victory you’ll find that your novel will go along a little more smoothly.
  4. Create mystery. Even if you aren’t writing a mystery novel, creating an aspect of mystery isn’t a bad thing. This sense of mystery can easily give you the suspense that you’re looking for. Don’t reveal every outcome that your characters may come to, instead include hints. However, if you’re very inexperienced with mystery I don’t think I’d try to purposefully tackle it in your first few novels. Letting the mystery come on its own is a good strategy for beginners.

Building a novel can be as hard as building a house. You can see the final picture when you begin the construction, but after the foundation was laid, you’re having trouble with the next steps. Everyone writes differently, so if you’ve applied this list to your own writing and you still are struggling, that only means that your writing style is different from mine, not that you can’t write.

It’s never a bad thing to try many different ways before settling down in your own role.

This is only post 2/3 for ‘Middle Madness’, so stay tuned for the future!

 

 

Happy Writing!

-Kate

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