In The Middle of My Book...

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I know this might sound a bit silly, but does your book have a middle? Not just exactly half the total page count, I mean the middle of the story when you throw in the big twist.  You know, the bit when the readers go...

 

The type of middle you'll have depends on the kind of story you're writing, but whatever it is, it needs to be a big deal.  Not saying you can only have one huge twist, but the one in the middle should stand out.

(I'd use examples here, but, um, I'd hate to spoil anything you haven't read/watched/played etc)

I kind of didn't get that for a really long time.  My stories trundled along, tra la la, the middle being this thing that kinda happened quietly during the build up to the finale...

Kinda hard to pick it out for the rest of the action, right?

OH, IT IS NO WONDER I DO NOT HAVE AN AGENT!!!!!

Ahem.

A middle can be a big plot twist, a sudden character development, a sudden death... but whatever it is, it needs to be big.  Shake it up and keep that reader engaged.

Kinda looks like the Loch Ness monster if you squint and tilt your head to one side...

So, just how much of a middle is your middle?

Comments

  1. Ooo now you got me wondering. That's a really good point about the middles and I'll be honest here... I have never thought about the middle like that.

    Eek! Something to look for in the next round of revisions.

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    1. I didn't either for a really long time and then I was chatting to a friend the other day and it hit me. Like the lack of a middle was the book's real issue.

      Good luck! :D

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  2. Now those are some sweet diagrams! What happens in the middle of the WIP I'm working on now is the crux of my trilogy, so it definitely fits with what you've said here. I agree that something big needs to happen to keep that middle section from plateauing. It has to be a game changer to get readers excited for the second half. You know, I think the same can be said about second books in a trilogy. Something big has to happen in order to avoid that saggy middle book syndrome. Great post!

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    1. No plateauing should be every middle's motto ;)

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  3. Well, I'm sure I think my middle is exciting, but I'll leave that up to a beta reader to tell me if it really is or whether that's just wishful thinking on my part...I mean, someone IS stabbed, and poisoned, and nearly dies, and then there's a chase. And now...now I'm looking for something else interesting to happen before the big lead-up to the finale. I'm almost wondering if I shouldn't start from the finale and write my way backwards...

    I greatly enjoy your artistic representations. :)

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    1. Wow! Your middle sounds amazingly intense!

      Haha, thank you ^_^

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    2. Thanks :) It's all the stuff after that that's not so intense...haha.

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  4. Haha, this was great! I have two important middle plot twists in my current WIP.

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