Friday, April 22, 2011

r is for resolution

remember c for conflict? and how I said that the conflict needs to end with "significant and permanent change - which is the definition, in fiction, of a resolution." (from Janet Burroway)?

What that means is that in order for your tale to end satisfactorily, you will have show how the conflict has changed your characters. This change doesn't necessarily have to be for the better. Sometimes people change for worse. But however you choose there has to be change, realization, an epiphany of some sort. It could be something as simple as realizing that the words "As you wish," mean, "I love you," and that once you trust in that you can conquer anything.

12 comments:

  1. Great reminder. Change is important. If your character doesn't change by the end of the story, chances are great your ms will be rejected. No one wants to read a book in which the character end up being the same person he started the book as. But like you said, it can be a small change. It doesn't have to be a lightning strikes moment.

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  2. And that's the whole point of a story!
    Princess Bride is awesome.

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  3. AS YOU WIIIIIIISH! Hahaha, I love that so much.

    Great post, Marcy!

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  4. Lovey succint way of describing the logical end to conflict in a story! thank you! take care
    x

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  5. As you wish. *happy sigh*

    I like how the resolution doesn't mean that change has to be for the better. Sometimes characters change sideways and backwards instead of forwards.

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  6. How did you like the movie compared to the book, The Princess Bride?

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  7. Me again.
    Love your 'what I'm reading now' in the left hand column. And OMG it is good. I don't know how I'll survive until the next book comes out.

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  8. Huntress: loved them both :)

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  9. I think I love those internal resolutions best of all :)

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  10. I've never seen that movie all the way through. Just bits here and there, throughout the years.

    Hope you're having a groovy weekend.

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