The climax of a fiction novel is where all the troubles, all the efforts come to a single point of confrontation. The hero, heroine, or both working together must make a life changing decision.
In my book Vampire King of New York, it was a grand battle, and I had to place and move a lot of characters. For me, both hero and heroine had decisions to make and independent of each other. Here’s what I did.
To write the climax of any fiction novel:
1. Pull no stops. Nothing is out of the question as long as it makes sense to the book and the genre.
2. Challenge your heroine, hero, or both to the breaking point. They have everything to lose. They were not in their comfort zone. The future was unknown and could go any way imaginable.
3. Whether you’ve saving a life, a city, or confronting something threatening to the mind, body, heart, and/or soul, your character gets it together with at least some sort of plan.
4. Author: Be completely original. Scare yourself. Don’t be afraid to cry. Don’t be afraid to risk everything.
5. The climax is the do or die moment. It is the most tense scene in the book. Every action and reaction builds to that moment. Get there. Know that whatever the character planned to do, everything goes wrong. It’s a leap of faith. Jump.
Here’s the blurb for the book.
Max Vander Meer, is a modern day Viking, CEO of VMeer Industries, and a Vampire. He makes a plea to the Goddess Freya to find the only woman who can heal his heart, the woman haunting his dreams. But, the Goddess strikes a bargain with him. To find this special woman, Max must return to the city he helped build–New York, which is threatened by an ancient terror. When he meets Evelyn, he is astounded. Could she be the one who inhabits his dreams? But Evelyn is haunted by loss and betrayal. How can Max win her love when she doesn’t trust him as a man, and she doesn’t want to be a vampire? If Max returns to Iceland without her, he will be encased in ice . . . forever!
As an author, writing the climax is such a rush. It’s the moment every moment in the book has been building toward. Read what I said above and go for it.
Vampire King of New York is a great example of a book that keep moving and is unpredictable but fun. It’s currently available in Kindle and Amazon Print. https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-King-Susan-Hanniford-Crowley-ebook/dp/B00D70NC6O
It’s also available for at Barnes and Noble online in print. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vampire-king-of-new-york-susan-hanniford-crowley/1116839039
If you have been following along, be sure to look at the actions and reactions of your “people” as you write. Dialogue is included in reactions.
If you have missed the other lessons in “How to Write a Fiction Novel,” here they are:
Happy Writing. Next week we will talk about the “Dialogue.” If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write them in the comments box.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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