Raising The Stakes

by Shelt Garner

I’m taking a little bit of a pause in writing — a few days — and I’m already beginning to see results. It reminds me of how I was inspired all the time when I was in Seoul. But, then, of course, I was pretty unstable because of the pressure from being A Public Figure in the minds of my fellow expats.

The late Annie Shapiro and me back when I was a man on fire in Seoul.

But, anyway, it has occured to me that I have not really thought out the latter half of this first novel very well. It’s just not very dramatic. Things just…kind of happen. Things are wrapped up way too easily. There isn’t the necessary sturm and drang that a thriller climax deserves.

So, lulz, back to the drawing board.

I think I may have come up with a solution. It’s such a great solution, too. It not only raises the stakes, but makes the story’s climax far, far more dramatic. And, in a sense, things make a lot more sense. As it stands, the reader goes through the trouble of buying the first novel, reads all these words and then…meh? Everything is just wrapped up with no boom or bang.

Develop, develop, write, write, write

Now, at least, I have something to work with. The ending now potentially not only is far more climatic, it sets the stage for the opening scene of the next novel in the series.

I’m really going to have to stretch my writing ability, though. I will note that I’ve always wanted to be a popular writer, not a good writer. Wink.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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