Sometimes you can get lost creating fictional landscapes. There’s so much to account for. This guide will help you find your way to a successful setting that will wow your readers with originality—despite having its roots in Earth.
You’ve set everything up, you’ve gone through the character development, and now you just need to tie things off. The ending is the easy part of a story, right?
Yes and no. Any part of writing is easy if you’re not worried about doing it well. But the end of the story is the part that will most shape how your readers remember it. This will colour how they view all of your writing.
The middle of a story is often the most neglected part. We get so focused on an engaging start and a satisfying climax that we rush the part in between. But that’s the part that carries readers through. In the condensed space of a short story it’s vital to get it right.
Most stories feature many characters. Stephen King’s It (1986) is one example where even briefly-mentioned characters are integral to the story. (You can see its full list of characters at Stephen King’s website.) Think Harry Potter, think Lord of the Rings, think Trainspotting.
But a good story may not need as many characters as you might think. What could you do with fewer characters?