Begining, Middle, End & Cliffhangers
Beginning, middle and end are the three main parts of a story. However, there’s another option that could go between any and/or all of those plot points. Cliffhangers are beautifully vicious moves made by the author of a great story.
Beginning, Middle, End
1) Begin your story. In many stories it’s best just to start in the action rather than explain everything beforehand. Let the story show what needs to be shown and tell what it needs to tell. Though keep in mind, show more than you tell.
2) Middle of your story is about the mid section of the plot mountain. It’s the place where many think the climax is, but that’s a misunderstanding. Don’t go all out here, but give away some more, create new questions, start or end new relationships.
3) The ending is our sweet victory moment. This is were the plot reaches its climax and the subplot(s) are being wrapped up. How you end, whether it be the good, the bad or the ugly is up to you.
1) If you’re ending with a cliffhanger, chapters have to be nothing compared to that. If you’re not ending with one, then make the cliffs go a little higher, make the drop a little further and the below river a little slower every time.
Ex. (One) “They weren’t the killer,” (Two) “It was me... I did it...” (Three) “I wish I was sorry for the past, but dear Main Character, I’m not.” (Four) “I’ll never be sorry. I’ll never wish to be sorry. I’ll never ever give you my remorse. (Five) “It seems you’re the last victim... for now.”
2) A secret of a side-character’s a nice way to give a simple cliffhanger to start off. Gradually increase the stakes of further secrets if more than one will be said.
Ex. (One) “MC... I’ve been wanting to tell you this for... well, a long while... but I like you...” (Two) “I’ve begun to love you. More than a crush, more than a phase.” (Three) “N-No! You can’t leave me for them! Please, I-I love you!” (Four) “It’s a shame they never loved you back... I wish you the best.” (Five) “I said you’d never find love like mine... I knew you’d crawl back to me... but I’m not as weak as you. Get out of here.”
3) A side-character’s death is a sweet reality check.
Ex. “I didn’t mean it... I swear, I didn’t mean it!” the main character cried out. A side character lay dead in their arms, bloody head against their chest.
“You stabbed them in the head...” another whispered, “You stared into their eyes as you...”
4) Another sweet reality check is a subplot relationship being shattered. Just don’t go back to it right away... let the emotions build and fester a little, then wrap up that cliffhanger with a nice, small bow.
Ex. “I started to love you...” person A whimpered softly.
“But I never loved you,” person B replied with a monotone voice, “Love takes two of us. And you’re alone.”
1) Main character being killed is a go-to ending when it comes to cliffhangers.
Ex. The main character stood above the villain, who, with ragged breaths, stared up through a veil of blood. The villain’s hands were slit open by the blade as they slowly struggled to push the hero’s sword out from the center of their chest.
Then suddenly they relaxed. The main character closed their eyes, sighing in relief. It was over. It was finally over!
Until claws of agony tore open their stomach. The sword of a villain twisted through their body, a boney hand slipping from the bloodstained hilt. The main character opened their eyes as they fell forward. They bled out beside the villain.
2) The main character revealing they were the cause of all the story’s death, despair and all around pain.
Ex. “I don’t understand... how could you?” the love interest pled for an answer they wouldn’t get.
“Black magic is an interesting power... there is no such thing as good in a magic that was made by evil,” the main character chuckled, “You’re more gullible than I thought you were. All the poisoned cities, the dying woods, disease, it followed me. We never followed it.”
Spoiler alert if you plan on reading my other story(ies). But I have a problem.
I have no shame in killing off characters. In fact, the only time I’ve gone without killing somebody off is when 1) no characters to kill off 2) not long enough to build the characters up 3) I’m being forced to write a happy story (even then it’s hard). When I had wattpad, I killed off every single character I ever made... I wrote five or more novella/novel length books. Not to mention the short stories...
So if you need help killing someone off, I am the Grim Reaper of Fiction. I’ll happily tell you some ways to kill someone off both quickly and slowly!