This post is for IWSG's May posting. The Insecure Writer's Support Group was founded by ninja Alex J. Cavanagh and posts their writerly insecurities out into the world every first Wednesday of the month.
The climax. The turning point. The hinge. The whole point of the story.
For the longest time, I couldn't seem to make my stories get to a satisfying point. I could identify it in other stories, but in mine, they fell flat. Maybe it was because I'm not much of a plotter?
Nope. It's because I wasn't thinking of my stories in terms of conflict. I was just sort of writing, going "la-di-da, this is conflict." It wasn't, obviously, or else the dang story would've actually turned or hinged or whatever you want to call it.
Sometimes I still worry about my plotting abilities. Is the story actually building towards something? Will the pay-off be worth it?