Work for Week 7: resolution
The end of a story – and again remember I’m using the term ‘story’ in a very general sense to mean the narrative element that we find, not just in fiction, but also autobiography, jokes, anecdotes, poems, plays - must in some way be unexpected.
Ends can be unexpected in different ways.
To do with the plot: somebody does or reveals something changes the resolves the whole situation
To do with character: The main character has some sort of ‘epiphany’
which makes them see the situation differently
Ends can be treated in different ways
Explicitly: The final twist or thought is directly described
Implicitly: The final twist or thought is suggested so that it slowly dawns on the reader
Some ends can be left hanging, as when the reader is left with a further dilemma an ‘out of the frying pan’ kind of conclusion
Write the (a possible) resolution (not more than a page) of the text you’re working on
Be prepared to ‘talk around it’ a little to explain what sort of an end it is, and how it provides an element of the unexpected. This of course will spoil the full impact of it, but the point of the exercise is to do with thinking about the overall wholeness of the piece for yourself. Obviously you’ll need to think through the form of the piece as a whole, and make sure that all the loose ends get tied up (if not, should they be there?)