|Yup, writing is sometimes a lot like this!|
Well we reached the end of writing-- I hope the course gave you some tips as well as the tools you might need to better go forward and create!
Here are some final thoughts;
The ending is the thing. It's the most important thing. It's really important, like uber.
Everything else is important too. Because if you have just a great ending nobody is going to get to it because they'll abandon your story before they get there, right?
So that means you need a good hook. The hook is the thing. A hook grabs your reader and makes them come along for the ride. The hook is the thing.
But you also need good relatable characters. Good characters engage your reader. They make them want to find out what happens next because they care about them. Well defined characters will feel real. With that in mind make sure they behave in a way that either makes sense or explains to us why they are behaving in an odd way. The character is the thing.
You need twists and turns. If the story is too even keeled it will get boring, the pacing will slow to a crawl and your readers will jump off. Twists and turns are the thing.
You can't have all action or all talking-- beats are important. Use the story flow chart to see how many pages you have of talking and how many pages you have of action to keep things going. Beats are the thing.
A good story is like an out of control bus that you realize is being driven by Mario Andretti (apologies if I spelled the legendary race car driver's name wrong you don't expect me to research here do you?)-- and pretty soon you sit back and thrill to the ride as he guides it perfectly into the bus depot and you step off thinking "that was a hell of a ride" because that's the thing.
It's all of this-- like a perfect stew-- every ingredient is nothing and it's everything when its put together with the rest. It's to be savored when its prepared correctly.
It's hard, but it's worth it. Go for it.