070: Let's Solve That

Let's Solve That

Crafting a Satisfying Solution

September 29, 2017


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Ultimately, the nature of plot is problem. The main character faces something that must be overcome or completed or defeated or endured, and the efforts that main character makes to do just that causes ripples that change the circumstances … and not always for the better. We take our beloved characters and we throw them into deep water, then when they try to get out of it, we drop a rock on them.

In other words, that path to solution is rarely kind.

But eventually, we do need solution. If you don't have solution in a story, the story will feel incomplete. If it just ends just because the time period you set for it is over, then what you have written won't feel complete. If it ends because the story was really just a trip from point A to point B with nothing to overcome, then what you have written won't feel complete. Completion comes with solution.

But if we do throw our character into deep water and then drop a rock on them, how can we possibly get them out of it to bring about the satisfying solution?

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Cass Hamrick
November 22, 2017

Katie, Some say, "There are so such things as accidents." I am writing my first manuscript and found myself floundering and desperate for some guidance. Ta Da I found this site. I am binge listening to your podcast. Enjoying them. Thank you for doing these podcast I find them incredibly useful. Sending blessings.

Kelli Panique - Assistant to Katie Davis
October 10, 2017

Katy - Not sure if there are other listeners from Nepal, but we'd love to have you join us in the ICL Facebook group where you can connect with writers from all over the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/instituteofchildrensliterature/

October 9, 2017

This was an interesting and important lesson, Katie. Thank you!

Katy Chow
October 6, 2017

Hello! I love these podcasts and find them very educating. I just want to know if there are other listeners tuning in from Nepal as I am. Just like to get get in touch with fellow writers. Thanks, Katy

carol woodson
October 2, 2017

Thanks, Katie. Maybe would make an interesting podcast to analyze the solutions in specific rrecent PB's! I'd enjoy that.

October 1, 2017

Katie, I find it best to check out other people stories endings. See if it fits with your own or gives you an idea.

October 1, 2017

I love this episode! Thank you, I'm glad I rediscovered your podcast.

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