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Camp Care Package #4: The Final Stretch

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Author Tirzah Price is your Camp Counselor this week. Find all Camp Care Packages in Breaking News throughout the month of July, or learn more about Camp NaNoWriMo!

1) Wrapping Up Plot Threads:

Endings can feel overwhelming because you have a lot of plot threads to wrap up. As you get close to your story’s climax, jot down a list of plot threads that need to be resolved—both big and small! When you plan out your final chapters, you’ll be able to refer to that list so you don’t miss anything. Try and spread out the resolutions across your ending chapters so you don’t leave everything until the last pages!

2) What You Want Readers to Feel:

When you’re in the final stretch of drafting, it’s worth taking a moment to stop and think about how you want your reader to feel when they reach the end of the story. Will they be proud of how your characters evolved? Excited or thrilled by the twists and turns of the plot? Hopeful for any particular resolution? Considering how you want your reader to feel at the end of the story will help you identify emotional beats you want to hone in on.

Writing Dare: In a book’s final chapters, we should see evidence that your characters have grown over the course of the novel. What have their experiences taught them or how have their perspectives shifted? Write a scene where your character faces the same or a similar challenge at the end of the novel as they did in the beginning. How will they now react differently, given the benefit of their new growth and knowledge? Can they reflect on this growth? How will it push them to a satisfying conclusion?

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Tirzah Price is the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and a senior contributing editor at Book Riot. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

What's up at Camp?

  • Camp NaNoWriMo Virtual Write-InWednesday, July 27, 10:00 AM PDT (Your Time Zone) Make progress on your Camp NaNoWriMo project! During this hour-long livestream, we'll share a few writing prompts to help you brainstorm ideas, and you can chat with other Camp NaNo writers.
  • Ask an Author Instagram Takeover — Wednesday, July 27, 3:00 PM PDT (Your Time Zone) Need writing advice? Published author and this week's Camp Counselor Tirzah Price will be answering your writing, editing, and publishing questions live on our Instagram Story. 

  • NaNoWriMo Community Meetup — Thursday, July 28, 1:00 PM PDT (Your Time Zone) Join this virtual event to get to know fellow writers and do a word sprint or two. This month, we'll also feature a Q&A with Camp Counselor and published author Lisa Stringfellow!

  • Try something new this Camp — focus on world-building! The world of your story can determine what kinds of challenges your characters face, and can reveal so much about the things you want to explore with your writing. Check out our World-building page for more how-to resources and writing prompts!
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