that is a spectacular gif... anyway!! i was wondering if you have any tips for catching plot holes, and for creating a suitably dramatic and affecting ending? i'm currently editing my first attempt in writing in the mystery genre, and i keep stumbling across plot holes, making me wonder if there are more i or my beta have missed! and my ending doesn't feel like it packs enough of a punch to satisfy the reader, but i'm not sure how to generally improve it? thanks mandark :~)
Well, with plot holes, that can be tricky. A lot of the time, people don’t notice plots holes right away. They’re immersed in the book/movie/show, and they don’t catch it. It’s after when they think about it, consume the work again they pick up on things.
One thing that may help is to chart all the major plot points-do they add up, are there inconsistencies? It may also help to let someone look at it with fresh eyes, or to take a short break from your story and come back to it. It’s hard to catch anything when you’ve poured over a manuscript constantly. Keep track of where/when characters show up, how they get information, the skills they have.
A lot of really famous works have really gaping plot holes, you can’t catch everything.
Some things on plot holes:
Now for endings-something I myself have a hard time with.
Think about how you want your readers to feel-happy, unnerved, sad? What do you want them to get out of it? Where do your characters end up? How did the characters develop? Do you tie up loose ends? You can answer everything, but there are things people want to know.
For your genre, people usually expect a resolution with a clear answer of who did it. If you don’t reveal it, people will often feel cheated. Different genres have different sorts of endings.