What are the elements of a great climax scene?

Looking for advise from the writer’s community. I’ve been working on a children’s book for almost a year. My brief stint as a freelance newspaper writer did not prepare me for the massive learning curve I’ve encountered in attempting to write a book.

I think I’ve got great characters and an intriguing plot (but then what writer doesn’t think that, right?). The story is allegorical in nature with cats as the main characters and gangster raccoons as the antagonizers.

I’m working on the climax scene. I could use some advise on the elements needed for a great climax scene. I realize that it doesn’t have the oomph it needs and would like to hear from other writers.

This is a children’s book, ages 12 and up, but I would imagine that the essential elements of a great climax scene would be the same no matter what genre.



How do you get in the writing mode?

I’ve love to hear what processes writers use to get down to work. Do you have a routine? A  favorite time to work? Does everything have to be quiet? or can you write anywhere, anytime?

After 9 months of working on a children’s book, I find that I am going through scenes in my head just about anytime. Especially while driving. I try to prepare myself for these moments now by grabbing my notebook when I leave the house….just in case something brilliant happens. So in between the bank and the grocery store, I might be ‘listening’ to a conversation between my protagonist and antagonist. Notes scribbled at stoplights and in parking lots.

Since I am required by law to spend most of my day taking care of our business, doing the books, paying the bills, keeping things organized, I am forced into staying in my Left-brain. Stuffing things into boxes, real or proverbial. 

But when I’m done being a responsible adult I get out my box of writing toys and play. The right side of my brain has a lot more fun! I love my characters and the more I work with them the more they let me know how they will act. I’ve heard this same phenomenon from published writers so I guess I’m not crazy. 

But what gets my right brain kicking when it’s 3:00 in the afternoon and it’s my naptime! That’s the lowest energy point of my day. How can I possibly write when all I want to do is sleep? The answer? Coffee and chocolate. It works every time. A cup of coffee and 65% cacao. Just a couple of squares….and it’s medicinal!

For better or worse, Starbucks is on my route home from town. They must have known I lived just up the street. When I go in and get my Americano, I also pick up their trash– used coffee grounds. They go into my garden and front lawn. I have a very perky front lawn now, but more on that in another post.

So, what is your writing process like? How do you get into your right brain?