If I wanted to, I easily could jump straight into the scene that starts off the climax of my story. However...it is such an important, scary event that I would think that making it happen too soon would kill the impact. But then, if I wait too long, it may do the same thing. Then again, most of my story has been a slow build up to this event... It's really difficult to figure out. I'm fine with doing some sort of "calm before the storm" scene, but the question will be how long I should let that play out before allowing the "storm" to hit. This is the big thing I have been looking forward to writing for so long, and it means that I am almost done with this story. My first novel (at least, the first draft) will be complete if I can keep pushing forward. To clarify, the scene that is in question will set off a series of events that snowball into each other and lead to the emotional finale, followed by a denouement and an epilogue. For the sake of my story and plotting, I am considering the "climax" here to be the whole series of scenes/events that occur between this scene and before the denouement. I will answer questions if anyone has any, since I wasn't feeling like making this post all about explaining the plot of my story. There is far too much I would have to explain and it'd be a wall of text!