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Day 13 – Something Changes

Today we’re pivoting towards the ending. Brainstorming, all the way!

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Now that you have a sense of where your character is going, you’re probably starting to get a sense of how you want to end this thing.

Today I want to give you the confidence to know that you can make that turn and begin to put an ending on this story!

The story begins to end when something finally changes for your character. Maybe it’s internal, maybe it’s forced on them by an external event, but the final action they take in the story answers the ‘will they or won’t they’ achieve their desire.

(If you’re getting fancy it can answer the question of whether or not their desire is actually the same as what they need, but that’s a more advanced task!)

Remember: we’re thinking about the events that show us how the character ultimately deals with whatever they’ve faced during this story. It will probably tell us something about how they have changed (or refused to).

Don’t worry about how you put a bow on the ending yet. We’ll talk about that on a future day. Just think about what might happen, or at the very least, how you want your reader to feel as they exit the story.

(This emotional part is useful to write down now, because it can get lost as you wrestle with the actual writing part. Keep it handy, as a sign post, for when you’re writing this part!)

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Leave a comment telling us how today’s task went. Did you have a sense of hw your character will have changed by the end? Do you know how you want your readers to feel?

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25 thoughts on “Day 13 – Something Changes”

  1. This ending is clear to me. This is definitely a happy, full-circle moment for Agabus. I think the joy at reuniting with her brother will come across on the page and the readers will leave with that feeling. If the subtler, bigger story beyond the final pages of this being a full-circle moment for Agabus comes across in it as well–that will be the cherry on top!

    Again, brainstormed in a different color pen and wrote diagonally on the notebook pages 🙂

    1. This is something that I was thinking about too. Short stories, as I’m learning and practicing, just have a bit of a different pace and feel. So he’s changing and I’m thinking about how to wrap it up.

  2. Here’s what I know and what I don’t know:

    -It’s a relatively light-hearted story, so the ending will be positive.
    -I’m not entirely sure what needs to happen externally. This is because I’m not sure yet how my character needs to change internally. My current notion is that, in his loneliness, he’s being self-centered and that needs to change. But I really need to give this some thought.
    -His recognition of what to do/what he needs to get past will definitely be driven by an external occurrence.

  3. I know exactly what I want my character to do. I’m not sure how much I want to show her doing, and how much I want readers to wonder or ponder.

    1. I love leaving readers of a short story wondering. I think people who like to read short stories like that too.

  4. I love writing endings that leave the reader feeling weirded-out and uneasy. The plan my character has to rid herself of the thing following her has unintended consequences, and will put her on a terrifying future path.

  5. My character, Gabrielle, finds her living, breathing father, and finds her fantasy father satisfied her needs much better than the flesh and blood man. Her quest ultimately brings her disappointment and loss.

    It also gave me a title–“Having Isn’t Always so Pleasurable as Wanting”.

  6. Looks like my character isn’t going to change at all – he’s going to double down on his original plan and just accept the bizarre circumstances he now has to work in.

    1. I love it. As long as readers can feel that this was a conscious choice on your part, they’ll roll with it. Love that you’ve thought it through.

  7. I’m pretty sure my character is going to have to do something he’s been trying not to do in order to get what he wants.

  8. I’m actually surprised at the depth of my character’s conflict. What started as a very simple idea, just a little problem I “threw at the character”, has evolved into the thing he’s most afraid of. This is what I love about writing. You don’t always know what you’re going to unleash. I hope I’ll be able to convey all this in the writing!

    1. Awesome!

      And, if I may, I think you’ll be able to convey it subtly by choosing the details, feelings and sensations you choose to share. You won’t have to tell us much if he’s reacting in a way that shows us it’s the thing he’s been dreading facing.

      I wonder if finally facing it will be as bad as he fears….

  9. I feel like I mentioned this on an earlier day’s post, but my character’s elusive nature will change when they realize they can’t fix their problem themselves. And I want that lesson for my readers, that you can’t hide from a problem, to ask for help, and to help someone if you can.

    1. Yes! There’s a lesson in my story, too. I worry about making it a turn-off for the reader. But in fact, some readers may be empowered and others may get angry.

      1. If you’re evoking strong emotions in your readers that’s a good thing. They wouldn’t be angry if they didn’t care?

        The only kind of anger you DON’T want is the kind where they go “I’m angry this author is telling me what to think”. When we sweep them up in the events and emotions of the characters, we sneak into their hearts 😉

  10. I actually came up with my story idea by way of coming up with a particular ending and also mood that I want a reader to have–basically my story would be pretty open-ended and I want to leave it up to the reader what is really going on in the story, if the character’s perceptions of things are right or not. This is helping me just figure out how to go about that and get my characters where I want them in the end.

  11. I think my character’s perspective will change more than their feelings— If that makes sense?

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