This week’s prompt focuses on an exercise designed to work on a particular skill or technique, such as a POV exercise or character builder. Today’s skill: Scene and chapter endings.
A great scene ending makes the reader want to turn the page and keep reading. It leaves them hanging, eager to know what comes next. Without that carrot to lead them on, a story could lose momentum and a reader could lose interest.
Craft the last few lines (or paragraphs) of a scene or chapter using the following situations.
1. Someone discovers a nasty surprise.
2. Someone learns a secret.
3. Someone has to do something they don’t want to do.
4. Someone says or does something funny.
5. Someone has to wait to act.
Aim for providing enough information to tease readers into reading on, and to give the scene that “dum-dum-DUM!!!” excitement. You want people to need to know what happens next.
And readers…chime in on those who post today and say if you’d read on or not, and why.
Practical application: If you’re working on a draft right now, look at all your scene and chapter endings. Are they as strong as they could be? Are there any that could benefit from a little zing to tease readers into reading on?