4 Story Weaknesses That Lead to a Sagging Middle – Tiffany Yates Martin [Reblog]

Tiffany Yates Martin has written a guest post over on Jane Friedman’s site talking about how to keep your story moving in the sometimes sagging middle part of your story. This is certainly something that I have struggled with, so read on to learn from Tiffany about how you might tackle that…

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Today’s guest post is editor by Tiffany Yates Martin (@FoxPrintEd).


Is there anything more thrilling for the creative soul than starting a shiny new story? It seduces you effortlessly, promising you a dazzling future, and in the heady flush of new love it feels as if this perfect communion between you will never end.

And then comes the middle of the book.

But when things get tough, that doesn’t mean the story isn’t worth fighting for. Figuring out the problem and resolving it can and should add even more depth and dimension.

When a manuscript loses its momentum, generally the issue is one of several culprits:

  • The plot has lost its cohesion.
  • The characters aren’t progressing on their arcs.
  • The story stakes have deflated.
  • Tension and suspense have lagged.

Read the whole post HERE

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