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October 24, 2014
Posted at 1:23 pm
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 1:28 pm
 

"Girls Camp" is completed, but...

I posted the last chapter of "Girls Camp" and marked it as complete. Then the emails flooded in. So many people didn't want the story to end. They thought of many scenarios Kelly could be involved in. My reply was simple. The story was complete.

I've spent a lot of time studying the craft of writing fiction. I learned about a lot of technical things, such as point of view and show don't tell. But I also learned about story structure.

I've learned that you can't have a plot without conflict. The protagonist wants/needs something and the antagonist is in the way of him getting it. There's something called an inciting incident. It's what sets the conflict in motion. In "Girls Camp" it was the 1st confrontation in the cafeteria with Jonas. The conflict, of course, was the bullying of Kelly. So at the end, when Kelly beat up Jonas, the conflict ended and the story was over.

Another aspect of writing fiction is the character often changes. So in "Girls Camp," Kelly changed from a wimpy boy with no confidence and experience to someone with more confidence (and of course fighting skills). I set up the relationship between Kelly and Miss Wagner in the first chapter. It wasn't until the last chapter, when he gained a lot of experience and confidence in the camp, that he was able to read the signs and take the initiative with her. So Kelly changed during the story.

I guess I could keep writing more scenes with Kelly and others (his mother, her friends, other teachers, etc.), but would that make the story stronger? I don't think so.

I did that once with "The Preacher's Wife." The story ended with the heroine's sexual liberation. When I first wrote it (on another site), people convinced me to write more. So I wrote 5 more chapters of sex. When I revised the story to post on SOL, I dropped those extra chapters. They added nothing to the story.

So will there be a sequel to "Girls Camp." Only if I can think of an interesting story to put Kelly through.