Every segment of
a story offers its own challenges, but perhaps none leaves writers more bewildered
than the second act. Beginnings and endings are tough to get right, but at
least we have a checklist of things to accomplish. The middle of the story,
on the other hand, is a yawning blank. We feel like we’re entirely on our own as we
try to move our characters toward where they need to be for the ending to work.
Fortunately, if we pay attention to solid story structure, we’ll find that the
middle of the story has a checklist all its own.
Tell me your opinion: Do you struggle with the middle of your books?
Related Posts: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 1: Why Should Authors Care?
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 2: The Hook
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 3: The First Act
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 4: The First Plot Point
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 5: The Inciting Event and the Key Event
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Story by K.M. Weiland