Climax.

…You exit the path, finding your way down a dark staircase. At the bottom, a lit hallway leads you to a crescent green, moon-lit pool. The cavern has an exit down another way, but you pause here. The moon’s shine reminds you of the blinding light of the midnight sun…


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…A clash guided by your team’s use of the glare under the midnight sun. Your team was victorious, but your reflection is cut short. Someone approaches…

If this second person example was any other part of the narrative arc, you might expect a friend or something of little consequence. Since it’s intended to be a climax, what do you see?

I see a sword clinging with another one in the light of the midnight sun, returning those in the moment to what’s about to ensue. “…You quickly draw your blade to meet his, deflecting the blow and revealing his face.”

Maybe a sheen on a piece of gear the individual approaching is wearing. “…His eye and chest patch glowed bright in the moonlight.”

Potential Avenues

It may seem confusing since this doesn’t build on anything before it in real time. If you let your mind fill in the blanks, maybe you’ll find a story of your own in the making?

This link on second person writing reveals how it can be used in other forms of expression. Is yours there? If it’s not, can you find a way for it to apply during climax?

The link on Narrative Arc that I mentioned previously mentioned plot as the backbone of stories. Here’s something on plot.

If you’re looking for info on how to make a great climax, these guys appear to have it down. “Blow their minds and then run away.”

Back to Narrative.

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