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WE WANT MORE! How to conclude your story ( or a part of it! ) – Japanese Manga 101 #020

We’ve shown you key points in creating the storyline.

Today, we are finally here! – The LAST SCENE.

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We can do it in a simple way, like showing a big “The END” right after the climax.

But we always try doing more than that, by showing a short “Last Scene” after the climax.

 

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That scene is maybe to make your reader feel the after taste, maybe make them laugh, feel warm, maybe sad. Adding the last moment to loopback in the storyline will make the impression, much stronger and longer lasting.

Just as we could in the first scene, the LAST SCENE is a great opportunity to really leave impressions in the readers mind. For that, this is what we look for :

 

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We(You) want to SEE YOU(THEM) AGAIN!

Imagine, “The heros’ actions brought back the peaceful life”, or “Thanks to the heroes, people around them now have a different view of the world”, or perhaps, “The event made the heroes to grow up and move forward” etc.

If the readers feel the moment, they will want to see further action from your heros!

 

For a 24 page piece, 2-3 pages are enough for the last scene. Try NOT to put too much dialogue in those pages. Make it so the readers would NOT read, but FEEL the aftertaste. Try out several patterns to see if they work!

Your piece might be a one-shot, but if the readers want to see them more, that piece might make it as a series production!

Also in a series production, if a reader “wants to see them again” in each chapter, your readers are sure to read the next piece. ALWAYS make sure, that the last scene is something that leaves a strong impression, that your readers will want to come back to!

 

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GOT IT?

 

We’ve shown you sections of a story making. In the next episode, we’ll recap what we’ve shown you, on the theme of “Story Creation”.

See you next time!

Taiyo Nakashima