We’ve navigated through the harsh waters of beginning your story… but that was really the calm before the storm.
The middle of your story is a bit of madness, but it should be. Your characters should be on their heroic journey (brought to you by your beginning) and be traveling through the plot you set before them. But how do you do this? How do you stay focused throughout the middle of your story to make sure you make it to the end?
Well, while I may not hold all of the answers to the universe, I do know a thing or to about writing the middle of a story.
It’s arguably the most difficult part of the story to write because you need to move towards the ending of the story without wrapping things up too early. I experience loads of writer’s block during this time, and you might too. But thankfully, there is a way to eliminate this writer’s block.
If you’ve taken my advice, you’ll have your brainstorm that you wrote before this novel that you can use at this time to give you various scenes to write in your middle.
In my mythology class we studied ‘The Hero’s Journey’ and the different steps that it goes through. We found that this journey was represented in many works, not just the Odyssey and other older works. Your novel may even follow the steps of ‘The Hero’s Journey’ as well. So something to think about in your novel is that your character will go through obstacles with matching solutions.
Present your heroes with problems and then add your ‘solution’ content. You’ll find this to be easier to find things to write about when you think of it being problems/obstacles for your hero to travel through.
Anyways… all of this is leading up to our main topic in this discussion. To contain your middle in ‘Middle Madness’ you need to keep your content on track to set you up for a nice-flowing-cohesive novel. Yes, a lot of events will (or should) take place in the middle of your novel, but they shouldn’t remind you of a tornado.
Subplots are an excellent tool to integrate into your novel, and they can be greatly utilized in the middle. However, don’t begin too many subplots just because you want to introduce new content right away. Finish at least one of your subplots before beginning a new one.
A useful factor about subplots is that they can carry you and your novel right into the end. So whip up a few subplots that contain problems and solutions and you’ll be set to cruise through your own version of ‘Middle Madness’.