Writing the Final Scene: the Denouement

The denouement is everything that follows after the climax, with one purpose: to wrap up the story. Readers now crave two things. First, a final reactionary scene to show the consequences of the plot and the fate of the characters. Second, answers to all remaining story-questions.


Set-pieces aka key scenes

Every story needs memorable moments. These moments are set-pieces and they lead the reader right up to the final destination. Each set piece is a major scene, or turning point. It changes the story and the characters, giving it a new direction. It gives the reader something to look forward to.


Setting: the Stage of a Scene

The beginning of a scene should lay out the characters, their relationship, the environment and the basic conflict. A common mistake is to feel the need to establish all the information at the top of the scene. Let the exposition happen naturally. Let the readers discover who and where everybody is and what their relationships are. That’s half the fun.

page turner opening

Writing a Page-turner Opening

Don’t just love it when a book grabs you from the first paragraph and you just can’t put it down? You find yourself carrying the book around so that you can keep reading at any chance you get. Many writers aspire to writing a page-turner. Some writers have a natural talent for it, fortunately for the rest of us, it is a skill that can be learned.