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Friday, February 19, 2010
Your Novel's Climax
The climax is where all plot points converge and your characters complete their arcs if they haven't already. Its the big finale, though it can~and often is~followed by a wrap up chapter or two. This is the point that the catalyst inevitably led up to.
In my climax I realized I hadn't quite completed one of my character arcs as much as I had planned. Reading it aloud to the ladies and getting their feedback really helped me realize that. It also helped me see how I was slowing down the action with internal monologue (character's thinking) a little too much. Both the act of reading it aloud and the feedback helped me see this. I never used to be a believer in reading aloud my manuscript but now I definitely am. If you've never done it you should really try it. You'll be amazed at what you catch!
Above is my fabulous critique group, the Scribe Sisters. From the left: Jule Rowland, Heather McCorkle, Karlene Petitt, and Linda Gray. Look for our group blog to launch soon! I'll be announcing it here!