Alphabet Blogging Challenge Day 26
It’s day 26 – the last day – of my September blogging challenge.
The letter is Z
and the word is ZENITH
In astronomy, the word ‘zenith’ relates to a point in the sky directly above a given position or observer. Colloquially, it is used to describe the highest point or state, or a peak. So, it seemed fitting to choose it today for the last day of the alphabet challenge. I’ve made it!
It’s also relevant as the final stages of a novel must rise to a peak second only to the opening pages in importance. As the novel builds to its climax, readers’ sense of momentum will increase. Celia Brayfield describes them as ‘gasping for the final scenes’.
During the course of a novel, the main character has undertaken a journey which will have made emotional and psychological demands – possibly physical ones too, depending on the genre – and readers have shared this journey. They can sense the peak (zenith) is near, and the pace of their reading accelerates in order to reach it sooner. The pace of the narrative needs to be finely judged at this stage in order to maximise the impact of the climax.
At the climax, the focus needs to narrow, to be on one character, one story-line and the one event that will finally demonstrate the theme of the novel.
The challenge of the ending is to create power without bulk, to write simply but with tremendous force. The emotions of the central character are a key factor to achieving this. The reader has lived the whole story on an emotional plane and is seeking a peak experience at the end, a catharsis, a complete discharge of the immense feelings which the narrative has aroused. (Celia Brayfield)
The final day of the alphabet blog, and I’ve enjoyed it hugely – the creativity and challenge offered by each letter has been fascinating – but I’m also relieved! It’s been more difficult and time-consuming than I had imagined. However, I planned the blog as a way to kick-start my writing, and it has been MORE than successful. I’ve written more than 15, 000 words for the blogs during the month(3/4 chapters’ worth of my novel), a new short story, reworked and extended another short story, as well as an article for ‘The Self Publishing Magazine’.
Thank you to everyone who has read the alphabet blog, and especial thanks to people who have written comments. I really appreciate your time and input – it’s been lovely to receive them and know someone is reading the posts! Hope you have found them interesting.
And now, I’m off for some: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!