Posts Tagged ‘novel middles’

The Tight Abs of Your Novel

Beginners’ novels tend to sag in the middle. We have lost some of the fire of the beginning. We are still far from our stunning resolution. Yes, the protagonist is in trouble, but he’s been in trouble for 200 pages, and it’s all beginning to blur. Sound familiar? The problem, of course, is the plot.

When Inspiration Fizzles

A deep and rich plot will bolster middles. Almost every unpublished manuscript I read suffers from weak plotting. Not that the events aren’t interesting; but there’s not enough there. Read More…