Payoffs: Editing for Powerful Story Resolutions



$80 (Members: $72) | How to edit for powerful story resolutions | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate

This class is called “Payoffs” for a reason, and that’s because readers want their investment in a story to be paid off. They want to feel rewarded after they close the book. They want to feel it was worth their time. Powerful story resolutions are about giving readers an emotional payoff for their investment.

As a developmental editor, you can help authors create resolutions that not only leave readers feeling satisfied with the book they’ve just read but more inclined to buy the author’s next, too.

Authors spend a lot of time getting the opening right, and that’s important because it hooks the reader into the story. But endings are what readers remember.

This class covers:

  • The importance of effective, powerful story resolutions
  • Resolution types (restoration, transformation, synthesis)
  • How genre conventions and reader expectations can (and should) shape resolutions in different ways
  • Resolution types readers hate
  • The most memorable resolution type
  • How to construct frame narratives that create especially rewarding resolutions
  • How the revelation of secrets impacts resolutions
  • The interplay between character arc, conflict, and resolutions
  • How subplots should feed into the resolution and when they should resolve
  • The connection between theme and resolution
  • And more!

There is no instructor feedback; answer keys are provided to help you assess your understanding of the course material.

Intermediate classes are intended for those with some developmental editing experience or who have taken the Beginning + Intermediate DE for Fiction classes or the self-paced DE 1 through 6 classes.