Posted by: nancyisanders | February 22, 2013

The Third Change

Every story has an ending. If you’re writing a story that uses a story arc, the ending is where the main story problem is solved. By learning how to transition successfully from the middle of your story to the ending, you can create a plot format that concludes with a high dose of satisfaction for your reader, leaving both children and adults alike filled with a sense of pleasure.

At the conclusion of the middle, the third change occurs in the main plot of your story. This change draws the middle to a close and introduces the ending of your story. Using A Sick Day for Amos McGee as our example, the third change occurs on page 23. The zoo animals arrive at Amos McGee’s house, much to the zookeeper’s delight.

All the scenes in the second half of the middle showed the zoo animals on their way to Amos McGee’s house. Then they arrived! This significant change marked the spot where the middle transitioned into the ending of the story.

The ending of the story concludes with all the different ways Amos McGee’s zoo friends cheer him up. The story draws to a close with Amos McGee’s announcement that he is feeling better, well enough to get out of bed and share a pot of tea. And finally, sigh of happiness, his friends read him a bedtime story and tuck him into bed. Amos McGee’s day has come to a very satisfying end.

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