I am master of intros, but am amateur at outros. Either 1) How do you think up/write a climax/resolution that is difficult for the audience to guess/anticipate? or 2) What is your process for writing the resolution of a story? Thank you!
You can't have resolution without conflict. This is what you first have to understand. In every great story, there must be internal conflict: Luke Skywalker must face his father Darth Vader even if it means death, but he is hesitant to since he loves him. Romeo and Juliet love one another, yet they are sworn enemies. The list goes on and on and is older than the hills. Learn this and resolving such matters becomes easy.
dohn121, thank you for your response. I know that conflict moves a plot forward, but I often struggle to find one that hasn't already been done a hundred times before, therefore making climaxes/resolutions fairly easy to anticipate. I will reflect on what you said though, as I think it is very true and deserves more thought from me. Thanks again!
Focusing on creating plot no one has even heard before is more a means of distraction for yourself. Focus on the characters, namely make two or three characters who A) all want either different things or B) who all want the same thing but are trying to get it in different ways or C) want something that they can only get from one of the other characters, but that other character doesn't want to give. These conflicts create tension not by inventing new plots but by giving an audience a reason to be investing in seeing the conflict through to the resolution. I hope this was helpful.
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