How Story Structure Prevents “Saggy Middle” Syndrome

Today, I’m guest posting on Writers Helping Writers with the post “How Structure Prevents ‘Saggy Middle’ Syndrome.” Here’s an excerpt:

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

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Is there a cure for the “saggy middle”? There sure is, and in a word (or two words, actually), that cure is story structure. Once you understand how to structure your story as a whole, you’ll be able to see how the middle of your story is not just a blank expanse to somehow be filled up with enough plot to push your character from the beginning to the end. Rather, the middle of your story—just like the beginning and the ending—is made up of several very specific components.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Never thought of that.


  1. […] I did have the same trouble outlining as I do in seat-of-the-pants writing–what to do with that saggy middle? Happens every time I sit down to write: I know the beginning and I know the end, but getting from […]

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