Tuesday, 30 December 2014

12 days of writing: endings

This Christmas, sneak off for twenty minutes to half an hour each day for some lovely, restful creative play with the 12 Days of Writing. If you've just joined in, start your story here. Each day, you get a new prompt to develop it further.

Endings: you are GOD in the story



In a way, all endings are inherently moral - because in your story, the world works the way you believe it should work, or how you believe it actually does work. Your beliefs dictate what happens. You're going to spend 5-10 minutes planning the ending according to your beliefs, and then about 10 minutes writing it, with a choice of playlists!

First off, use the prompts to map out your beliefs about how the story should end, for all the different characters:

traits
Ÿ  what do you think should be rewarded?
Ÿ  what do you think should be punished?
actions
Ÿ  what do you think is the right approach?
Ÿ  where do you see the error of their ways?
beliefs
Ÿ  which beliefs should they hold onto?
Ÿ  which ways of thinking are misguided?

Once you've got your beliefs in place, you're ready to start writing - with some music to set the mood. If your ending is triumphant or heartfelt or bittersweet, use this Endings playlist. If it's tragic, dark or angry, try this Dark Matters playlist (but probably skip the first song). And if it's quite eerie, this one might do very nicely! Have fun!


The 12 Days of Writing are finished! If you want to share what you've invented, tweet me @WritersGreenHse. I'd love to hear.

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