The challenge continues! We are already on the fourth day and advance to the letter D. As with my writing, the idea usually comes pretty easily about what to make my subject. Last night I experienced a dose of writer’s block. There is a writing contest with a deadline on Sunday and i hoped to be able to find something to fit their criteria. It seemed no matter how hard I tried I could not get anywhere. So i chose to finish the book I have been reading for several days.
Don’t worry I am getting to the subject of my post, the word starting with D. It is Denouement. This is a term I learned in high school. We studied the anatomy of story telling and story building in high school, which included plot, characters, point of view, setting and other pieces of the process. However, the cherry on top is the proper execution of the denouement. We, as writers, must set up our plot carefully and think out all phases of our story so we bring the action along at a steady pace. Part of this process is to steadily approach the climax of our story.
The denouement is the resolution of the conflict we so carefully carry with us as we develop the plot. A good denouement makes the story one the reader will not only enjoy, but repeat to others. A denouement that lacks punch will leave the reader feeling cheated. i say this because when I finished my book last night I had just such an experience. My book started out with humor and excitement building, but somewhere about three-quarters of the way it lost the tight writing and seemed to limp to the end.
When a reader invests their time in a story they want it to not only be believable, but thrilling to the end. I will probably not follow this writer due to the lack of ability to deliver. My time is precious, just like all the readers each of us will ever earn. We must do our job and give them what they want.
I am off to read some other posts from the challenge. Thanks for coming to read my entry and i will see you on the challenge trail!
SPECIAL NOTE : I would like to use this space to offer a heartfelt thank you to Arlee Byrd, the founder of this challenge. I am happy to see his vision become such a great success. Leaders always step out of the pack to create something special. We want Arlee to know how much we appreciate his genius.
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