If you want readers to feel satisfied at the end of your book plan a good climax at the end, and don't forget to tie up loose ends.
At the last SCBWI conference I attended the agents complained about certain cliche stories and twee characters. These were the plots they were complaining about;
children foiling thieves
finding buried treasure
being cut of by the tide
children helping Father Christmas
I'm not saying don't use one of the stories on the list. However, if you want to use a cliche situation, make sure you add something fresh and exciting. Remember, everyone said boarding school stories were outdated until J.K came along with Hogwarts.
My conflict test list
Is there a beginning, middle and end? Sounds obvious?
Are the characters believable?
Is their plenty of conflict?
Is there a problem to be solved?
Is the ending satisfying?
Have you tied up all the loose ends?
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