Monday, February 9, 2009

Developing a Turning Point - Lynn Tincher

Wikipedia has the perfect definition of what a turning point would be.

In a prose work of fiction, the climax often resembles that of the classical comedy, occurring near the end of the text or performance, after the rising action and before the falling action. It is the moment of greatest danger for the protagonist(s)(good people of the story) and usually consists of a seemingly inevitable prospect of failure, followed by a hard-to-anticipate recovery. For example, if you were on a roller coaster, the highest part of it would be the climax.

A climax includes three elements. The most important element is that the protagonist experiences a change. The main character discovers something about himself or herself, or another unknown character. The last element is revealing the theme itself.

There has to be a turning point or change in the circumstance as a result of a crisis in the story. The protagonist needs to learn something or the situation must change in some way. The turning point does not have to be dramatic, just a change.

There can be several turning points in a story. Be careful not to include too many or you may confuse your reader. Don’t assume they can fill in the blanks and see or understand the points you are making. If you use many turning points, help guide your reader through them. After all, developing a turning point could make all the difference in a story that has been submitted for publication, and the one that gets published.

Good luck and have fun.

Copyright 2009 Lynn Tincher

1 comment:

  1. I can see the 'turning point' in all of my books, although it does not always involve a protagonist. Fo course, sometimes that role is filled by the main character himself...

    L. Diane Wolfe


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