It’s easy to create suspense, built up excitement, leave things hanging for a while. But to do a good job at resolving that suspense, at finishing a scene and bringing a logical and meaningful conclusion to the story – now that’s a skill that’s hard to acquire.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “resolved.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

6 thoughts on “Resolved”

  1. Initially it was a small group of people standing by the side of the road , talking animatedly among themselves.The voices picked up volume when an official arrived in a jeep. Shouts and foul language rent the air as the parties almost came to blows. The spectator crowd had swollen and things were really getting out of hand here. We prayed for the warring parties to resolve their issues quickly and peacefully.Police siren could be heard as more people rushed into the fray…

  2. It will be today, she thought. Before my resolve melts away in his eyes. I will do it today. I can’t bear the sight of him any more, twisted in pain, unable to walk or hear. He probably can’t even see me with his so clouded over, but I can’t look at them, I really can’t. Because if I do, the tears will come and I will not be able to do what needs to be done.

    The dog’s tail thumped the floor.

    Can he read my mind? Horrified she looked at the dog, and his old eyes seemed to bore into her very soul.

    Maybe not today. Maybe tomorrow.

  3. Resolved is a neatly wrapped present, a closed door, the final note of a song. Can anything truly meaningful ever be completely resolved? Implications always linger, like a thin smoke hanging over a party. To end a story is not to resolve the conflict. It’s to choose an angle that provokes the most desired emotions.

  4. Finally. She had resolved the algebraic equation on the test that she thought would do her in, but her persistence and overall knowledge of the material helped in conquering this brain-tease. She was sure that she would score high on this test, and her goal of being valedictorian come graduation time, seemed to be inching closer if she continued to ace her exams.

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