There’s a common saying in the publishing industry: “your opening sells your first book, but it’s your ending that sells your second”. Wise words indeed, but HOW does it look in practice?
Nailing the climax of your story is all about running through that finishing line under full steam, instead of limping across. But how do you pace your story to deliver this kind of conclusion? What steps do you need to take to succeed? And how do you wrap everything up in a way that your reader will love?
Providing a satisfying resolution for your novel can be difficult, no matter how experienced you are. But do it right and it will have a positive effect on your next book, perhaps before you’ve even started writing it!
“Pamela is a great presenter! I can SEE the climax in my story now. As soon as Pamela explained a couple of key points, I could see why I had been struggling and the way to fix it. That was totally worth an hour and a half of my time!”
The recency effect plays a large part in how we judge things. We tend to recall the last things we saw, read or did in a given experience – so if those last things are amazing, you feel better about the whole. As an author, you could do everything right for the first three quarters of your book – but if your novel fizzles out at the end, you’re in trouble. And that’s why it’s so important to not only set up a strong climax for your story, but deliver it too.
In this fascinating FOCUS ON seminar, Pamela Freeman will share how to end your story in a way that will leave your reader satisfied with the resolution AND wanting more. Together, you’ll explore the following:
“What I thought was the climax and resolution of my story has completely changed. I'm confident in the story itself as being one people will find interesting – but the seminar has really encouraged me to reassess the message I thought I was giving. It's given a good story greater depth. If you have a chance to take part in a seminar with Pamela, you absolutely must.”
Drawing on her years of experience, Pamela highlights how to create an effective climax and resolution, with techniques that will leave readers and publishers alike hungry for more.
Each FOCUS ON seminar explores an important aspect of the art of writing – in an interactive, accessible and efficient way. The session consists of a 1 hour expert presentation plus an additional 30 minute Q&A – designed to entertain, educate and inspire you to improve your craft.
With the tips and techniques you learn in this seminar, you’ll be able to set up your characters and story for a fantastic finish that delivers on every level.
“I now have some structure to work with and I know exactly where I am going now with my story. Identifying my questions and knowing where to answer has meant that I have been able to plan and an ending for my work; definitely a lightbulb moment.”
Pamela Freeman is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 40 books and novellas, plus short stories and scripts. She writes under two names: Pamela Freeman for children’s and fantasy, and Pamela Hart for mystery novels and historical fiction.
Prolific across multiple genres, Pamela has a Doctorate in Creative Arts (Writing) and she has been the director of creative writing here at the Australian Writers' Centre for over 10 years.