7 Point Plot: Big Finish

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      The whole book leads up to the Big Finish. The battle can be primarily internal external, or a cunning blend of the two. But even in a book without a villain, the main character struggles against something or someone outside of herself.

      The Big Finish is the lowest, most grueling point of the book for your main character. For this reason, it can be rough on the writer, too. The writer may care deeply for this character. Not only that, the writer knows the character will finally win it all (or almost all). On top of that, it you write your stories sequentially, you may be ready to just get it over with. So it can be difficult to write a convincing Final Battle.

      Winning the final battle does not necessarily mean that everything goes the way your main character wanted. After all, the reader has needs too. Some writers prefer a bitter-sweet ending where a much-loved ally dies selflessly. Or ends with a cliff-hanger. But no matter how the Big Finish ends there still needs to be a Big Finish. And your main character needs to be the star.

      It can be tempting to give too much of a role to allies that you bring to the conflict. They can’t just stand around, right? But the book is about your main character. It might be a good idea to stall or neutralize your reinforcements.

      Theme usually comes into play during the final show-down. Theme is what your book is about so it only makes sense for the Big Finish to validate what your book is about. In fact, if you don’t know what your book is about and you’ve already written this plot point, your theme is probably floating around there somewhere.

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