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Using a Storyboard to Plan Your Climax and Resolution

Storyboarding isn’t just for the calm and straight parts of your story’s hike—it’s equally important when you’re gearing up to ascend the narrative Everest: the climax. And when the dust settles, your storyboard will guide you safely back down with a fulfilling resolution.

Defining the Climax and Resolution: The Crest and the Descent

The climax is your story’s highest tension point—the peak of conflict where your protagonist faces their toughest challenge. The resolution, meanwhile, is where all loose ends are tied, and readers can finally breathe a sigh of relief. It’s the afterparty of your story—everyone wants a good one!

The Role of a Storyboard in Planning Your Climax and Resolution

Storyboarding your climax and resolution gives you a visual guide to ensure these crucial story parts pack a punch and tie everything up neatly. Your storyboard serves as your narrative GPS, ensuring you don’t wander off into a narrative abyss right when it matters most.

Visualizing Your Climax: The High Point of the Mountain

Picture your climax like the narrative Mount Everest—you want to get your readers to the top, breathless and in awe. Use your storyboard to plan this ascent, mapping out rising tensions, conflicts, and the ultimate confrontation.

Mapping Your Resolution: The Journey Back Down

Now, it’s time to descend the mountain. The resolution is your path back down to flat land. Use your storyboard to ensure a smooth, satisfying journey that wraps up your story’s events and gives readers that warm, book-closing satisfaction.

Balancing Climax and Resolution on Your Storyboard 

Keep an eye on your storyboard’s balance—your climax and resolution should complement each other in intensity and length. If the climax is too early, your resolution might drag. Draw out the climax, and your resolution could feel rushed. Your storyboard helps you find that sweet spot!

A Successful Climax and Resolution Storyboard

Let’s imagine we’re storyboarding for a mystery novel. Our climax involves our detective cornering the villain, a series of revelations and a high-stakes scuffle. Our storyboard helps us plan this sequence and make sure the pacing keeps readers on edge.

As we descend into the resolution, we plan out the arrest, the detective’s well-earned praise, and hints for possible sequels. When you’re done, you can stand back and see the map of your story play out with all the peaks and valleys.

Common Pitfalls in Storyboarding Climax and Resolution

Common pitfalls include rushing through the climax or dragging out the resolution. Or the reverse—dwelling too long on the climax or rushing the wrap-up. Your storyboard helps you visualize your climax and resolution to avoid these pitfalls.

The End Is Just a New Beginning

Wrapping up your storyboard with a well-planned climax and resolution paves the way for stories to come. Remember, in writing, every end is just a new beginning.