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Story Structure: Linking Beginnings and Endings

As you near the end of your project, it’s important to consider the link between the beginning and the end.

Linking the Beginning to the Ending

The beginning and ending of a story should not only be strong, but they should be related in some way.

This may be through reiterating the stated or implied theme at the beginning again at the end of the story, referring back to the symbolism used throughout the story, using situation to mirror or contrast the beginning, coming back to a specific action or piece of information, or other similar methods of tying the two scenes together.

The ending will have more meaning to the reader if the beginning and the end tie together in a meaningful way. To be meaningful, the final scene should relate to the overall concept of the story, which should have been layout or hinted at in the early chapters.

Look back at the beginning scene and consider what message it communicated to the reader, particularly what promises it made, what theme(s) it introduced, what changes the character needed to make in order to find purpose or happiness, etc.

Once you isolate that message, look at your ending scene and make sure that you are fulfilling reader expectations. This may mean fulfilling a promise, completing a character or story arc, or coming back to a theme or concept important to the story or character.

The ending scene should fulfill reader expectations set in the early chapters so they put down the book feeling satisfied.

Final Scene Crafting Detail to Consider

When reviewing scenes, there are a few important factors to consider:

  • Make sure scenes have the right balance of details to create a full scene without bogging it down.
  • Descriptive details should be pertinent to the action, help create mood and tone, or accentuate the dialogue.
  • Details should use all relevant senses to create a full picture of the setting, the characters, and the emotion.
  • Details should reveal something relevant to the character or story and not be superfluous. A clenched fist shows anger, fidgeting conveys unease, food and clothing choices set the stage and reveal preferences, etc.

The structure of a story determines how well it will be told. Poorly thought out or constructed stories frustrate readers and confuse the purpose of the story.

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Not So Wordless Wednesday: Aerling Series Box Set

I’m still working on the final details, but I have exciting news for my Aerling Series Fans!

If you want more Mason and Olivia, get ready for the Aerling Series Box Set. I’m releasing all three books PLUS three exclusive short stories all together!

Box Set Promo

The Aerling Series Box includes all three books in the series, Invisible, Intangible, and Invincible. As a bonus, this box set includes 3 EXCLUSIVE short stories Aerling fans will only find in the box set. Curious about how Mason and Olivia first met, or about how the Parker family turned out, and what about Mason and Olivia’s future? You’ll only find out in the Aerling Series Box Set!

 For those not familiar with the series…

Box Set Aerling SeriesInvisible:

Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason.

He is, however, invisible.

Being invisible won’t keep him safe for long.

Intangible:

Mason is not imaginary.
He’s not a ghost, either.
And he’s most definitely not a hallucination.

Mason is an Aerling, and the Sentinels’ number one target.

Invincible:

Mason is not imaginary.
He’s not a ghost, either.
And he’s definitely not a hallucination.

Mason is the one Aerling capable of saving an entire world.

He thought he was going home, but surviving Sentinel attacks and making it back to the Aerling world is only the beginning of Mason’s fight to protect the ones he loves.

The Beginning (Short Story)Box Set Aerling 3D

Ever wondered what was going through Olivia’s head when she spotted a dirty, crying little boy in her front yard at five years old? See the day she met and took in Mason, and experience everything she saw and felt the day her journey truly began.

First Step (Short Story)

The end of the Aerling war leaves every Aerling on Earth with a choice to make. Stay on Earth…the only home they know…and remain unseen by nearly everyone, or give up the familiar and embrace their new home. The choice isn’t easy for Conner Parker, and an emotional connection to his new neighbor Serena complicates it even more.

The Epilogue (Short Story)

Every Aerling fan wants to know, what happens to Mason and Olivia after the war? Where does Molly end up? What about Shane? Catch up with your favorite characters ten years after the end of Invincible to see what an irrevocable bond between worlds and people has created.

The Aerling Series Box Set will be available on most major ebook platforms August 18th, 2015.

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