With the end of today’s writing, i have entered the core climax of my novel. With a minor outline through the end, I find that my story will have three climaxes. A small one at 35,000 words. The major climax at 50,000 words. A medium-sized climax around 65,000 words. I am writing this story under the idea of “write what you would read.” None of my favorite novels have a storyline shaped like a bell curve.
So, I can’t help but ask: how many climaxes? Is there a certain formula that works for most stories. Or does each story need to be taken on a case-by-case basis? I know certain things don’t work. I don’t like books that don’t have a true climax or only have one real climax. Is there a limit to how many? If so, what is the range? I’m going to be thinking about this one in the months ahead as I continue to read random books. Anyone have any ideas?
For the first time in a while, some actual writing. Here is a poem:
The Wailing Wall
I wrote this poem following a bad breakup. I tend to allow my mind to wander…and that usually leads to worst-case scenario thoughts. The combination led to this poem. It sat in a folder for more than a month. I rewrote it today and finally like it.