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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 12

Arrive at the End

Toward the end of Act Two, you hit the second major decision point in the 3 + 2 = 1 formula. This moment, the bridge between Act Two and Act Three, usually occurs about three-quarters into the story. Once you cross into Act Three, the story begins a rapid climb in tension until you reach the climax or “final showdown.” Here the central conflict comes to a head and finally resolves.

You can end your story in four possible ways. These resolutions depend on your character’s want: Does your character get what she wants, and does she still want it? Successful endings give the reader a sense of closure and don’t leave major details hanging. At the same time, you don’t need to wrap up every loose end. You can leave room ...

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