Point of No Return

In story structure, there’s a point when your characters cross the threshold. The moment when they can’t uninitiate the call to action, they can’t go back to the way life was, blissfully ignoring how their lives have changed. How their viewpoint has changed.no_going_back

It’s hard to tell the call to adventure, “Thanks but no thanks.”

This usually happens around Act 1 and while this is something that focuses on character development, it’s something that happens to authors as well.

I’ve recently crossed that threshold with my new WIP. I’m nearly 1/3 the way in, just crossed the 100-page mark of the story and I find myself completely thrilled with the story, in love with the characters and the words are flowing like the mighty Mississippi.

This is the moment when I’m no longer in control of the story. I’m not driving, I’ve scooted over to the passenger seat. I feel confident to let Elaina (my main character) take the wheel. She’s proven to be smart, sassy and a bit formidable (okay, maybe I’m a little afraid of her).

I think I know where we’re going and while Elaina may take a detour or two on the way, I’m sure we can get there. As long as I trust her. As long as I stay out of her way.

And, as long as I know that the story we’ve created and the secrets we’ve uncovered can never be stuffed back into Pandora’s box.

We’re crested the point of no return. So we soldier on, trusting our only weapon. Words.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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2 Responses to Point of No Return

  1. Chris Crawford says:

    Good post! Also called “First Plot Point.” Everything that comes before is either background or setup.

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