YOUNG ADULT-CHILDREN: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them. Find what you want to know.

The only difference between a writer and someone who wants to be a writer is discipline.
– Ayelet Waldman

A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
– William Faulkner

It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
– Isaaac Asimov

When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I’m grown up, they call me a writer.
– Isaac Singer

The great art of writing is knowing when to stop.
– Josh Billings

I don’t want to write for adults.  I want to write for readers who can perform miracles.  Only children perform miracles when they read.
– Astrid Lindgren

Most new writers think it’s easy to write for children, but it’s not.  You have to get in a beginning, middle and end, tell a great story, write well, not be condescending — all in a few pages.
– Andrea Brown

You Can Write A Short Story: Part 3 The Climax

Short Stories, YOUNG ADULT-CHILDREN

by Linda S. Dupie

You’ve worked hard on your story, now it’s time to round out the story with your ending. This is the time to exit your story gracefully.

Once you’ve reached the final climax of your story, you should end quickly. Your reader’s interest drops quickly from this point on. A brief paragraph or two is all you’ll need.

You’ll need to exercise a little restraint with the ending; you shouldn’t have to spell out the lesson learned. The reader should have come to that conclusion from reading your beginning and middle.

For example, you’ve written a story where your main character is trying out for the school football team. He’s small and doesn’t know the other kids. He has overcome his obstacles and made the team, making the team is the final climax. Your reader should already see from his actions he’s elated, you need to wrap up the story without summarizing.

Example Ending

Walking off the field after the first practice, Ray joked with the other players and made plans for the weekend.

You’ve now brought closure to his other obstacle of not knowing the other kids and you’ve placed him on the practice field without summarizing the story.

Tips to Remember

  • Your story should get off to a quick start, with a hint of the conflict to come.
  • “Show, don’t tell”
  • Your story should build to a climax that resolves your main conflict.
  • Your main character is the one resolving the main conflict.
  • Avoid summarizing the theme of the story and let your readers draw their own conclusions.
  • Finally, does your title pique the reader’s interest?

You’ve ended your story and left the reader satisfied great job! Keep writing.

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