Saturday, April 19, 2008

Writing the Climax

Still finishing up my penultimate chapter (possibly I'm prolonging the process unconsciously because saying "penultimate" titillates me). I bid farewell to another major character, and now, I embark upon writing the climactic scene.

Depending on how one measures "climax," it might be appropriate to apply the word to the entire chapter. But if I have to narrow it down to a single scene, this would be it. I've had this plot point in mind since I started writing the novel four years ago. I won't say much, except that it involves freezing water, an abrupt (probably useless) change in perspective, and a young man at the end of his rope. I anticipate four to five pages in length, so I may be able to finish this weekend.

Wish me luck, or better yet, inspiration.


Amanda said...

Hope this is the bit you can truly lose yourself in and be happy with when you emerge the other side.

So, any chance of a preview when it's all finished?

Jim Cooney said...


Thanks for always checking up on me! Regarding a "preview," my plan is to:

1) finish the draft
2) rewrite the first chapter
3) get the draft copywrited
4) post a link to the synopsis, the first chapter, and my envisioned cover right up top on my blog

J. Rosemary Moss said...

Woot! Can't wait till you post your synopsis, first chapter & cover!

Manic Mom said...

Wow, you definitely don't write by the seat of your pants, do you? They call writers either "plotters" or "pantsers." You're a "plotter" for sure. Right? I'm right, aren't I?

Hope the climax was well worth it for ya and you've wrapped it all up!

Manic Mom said...

Jim, in terms of "getting the draft copywrited" how do you plan to do this? You know just by writing it, it is copywrited. You don't need to send it anywhere to prove you've written it in order for it to be copywrited.

You might want to join in on some writer's loops to get more info on this if you're not sure--I can refer you to a couple I belong to if you like. Steph

jim cooney said...

Yes, that's true. I'll be doing more research into this when the time comes, but for now what I was mostly referring to was "registration" with the U.S. copyright office, which is not necessary for protection but has some benefits:

Mostly, I want to be able to show documentation, right alongside portion I make public, that will discourage any would-be plagarists.