Turning Point Problems
Question: The climax or turning point of a story usually changes the fortune of the protagonist in some way. What I want to know is if the climax can be good or bad because I'm not sure if I don't understand what a climax is or am mistaking it for something else. There is an article on this site talking about story structure and such. The turning point is about as far as I've gotten to be honest. Plot outline is coming along on the bright side. I have decided plot outlines are hard. :3Answer:
The climax--or final driver--is the event that determines decisively whether the story goal is achieved or not (the outcome).
The outcome can be success or failure.
But here's the interesting part...
In many stories, successfully achieving the story goal is a good thing (part of a happy ending), and failing to achieve the story goal would be a bad thing. It's what happens at the end of tragedies.
However, there are some stories where achieving the goal turns out to be a bad thing for the main character. You can call this a comi-tragedy or personal tragedy. For instance, in Romeo and Juliet
the goal of ending the feud between the two houses is achieved, but things don't work out so well for Romeo.
There are also stories where failing to achieve the story goal turns out to be a good thing. For instance, in the film How to Train Your Dragon
the goal of ridding the island of dragons fails. However, things turns out all right for the main character, who becomes someone of status in his community for having tamed the dragons.
P.S. Outlines can be hard, but not having an outline can make writing harder.