Writing the Middle of a Novel: 9 Tips to Avoid Sagging

Writing the middle of a novel has its own unique challenges. You need to develop your story further after your engrossing start and set in place the path to the end. The curse of the ‘sagging middle’ can’t take hold. Here are 9 tips for writing a great middle for your story:

1: Bring in a change of location

2: Use the middle to raise uncertainty about your characters’ outcomes

3: Increase complications and obstacles

4: Create subplots that add interest to your main story arc

5: Introduce interesting minor characters

6: Stay focused on your characters’ end-goals

7: Build to a smaller peak

8: Cut down the middle and move to the resolution sooner

9: Read the middle chapters of favourite books and take notes on elements such as plot development and setting

Let’s examine these points a little closer:

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Reading a ghost story on Christmas Eve was once as much a part of traditional Christmas celebrations as turkey, eggnog and Santa Claus. So if you want something spooky to read under the Christmas tree this year, Seth continues to design and illustrate a series of excellent Christmas Ghost Stories for you. After Dickens and Burrage, there is now also:

Afterward, by Edith Wharton.
Synopsis: A newly rich American couple buy an ancient manor house in England, where they hope to live out their days in solitude. One day, when the couple are gazing out at their grounds, they spy a mysterious stranger. When her husband disappears shortly after this eerie encounter, the wife learns the truth about the legend that haunts the ancient estate.
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The Diary of Mr. Poynter, by M. R. James.
Synopsis: While engrossed in an ancient account of the sinister death of a student obsessed with his own hair, a man leans down to absently pet his dog — oblivious of the true nature of the creature crouching beside him.
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The Crown Derby Plate, by Marjorie Bowen.
Synopsis: An antique collector hears of an ancient woman with a large collection of china. Hoping to complete a particular set, the collector pays a visit to the woman’s ramshackle house, where she makes a terrifying discovery.
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anonymous asked:

I'm 18 and I saw your post about talking philosophy at a bar and I am interested in philosophy but I don't really know where to start. Where did you start lol? Or do you know of an article I can look up or something that'd suggest where to start? Much love!

so honestly most of my philosophy interest is just something that comes with the field when you’re interested in psychoanalysis – philosophy isn’t really my focus, just something that intersects occasionally. so my recommendation is based on that

i think a good and engrossing and thoughtful place to start would be to read Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, Are You My Mother?


me: *about to sleep*

my brain: the only reason you perceive yourself as a relatively mellow and laid back person is because you are completely engrossed by your daydreams, and constantly focus on those instead of your real life and the consequences of your actions and decisions. evidence shows that when you are forced to confront real life problems, you quickly resort to panicking. in addition to-

me: can’t we drag me in the morning


1x01 // 1x06
↳ #Another reason I love these two cinnamon rolls #is the caring dynamic they share with another #they both look out for each other #and have each others backs #whether that be threatening a shitty customer with a fork #or lying to federal agents and risking getting caught #they are there for each other #but I also love scenes like these too #where they’re just chatting casually # they’re both comfortable to talk about their lives #their career goals #or the jerks at work #(especially for peggy #as it must have been hard for her to connect with someone after steve) #and they’re both so intrigued by another #listening to every word the other has to say #and encouraging them when things aren’t looking so good #i’m just so emotional over these two


Ladies and gentlemen I present to you…Yang being an absolute cutiepie <3

Variety has an exclusive look at Hannibal’s season premiere and it is simply bellissima.

When I Get Into a New Fandom
  • <p> <b>Me:</b> *gets into new fandom*<p/><b>Brain:</b> Oh no, not this shit again<p/><b>Me:</b> *sees two guy friends* I wonder if they're shipped together<p/><b>Brain:</b> Oh please dont look it up<p/><b>Me:</b> I'm going to look it up!<p/><b>Brain:</b> .....<p/><b>Me:</b> *gets so engrossed into the ship that it physically hurts* *groans in pain*<p/><b>Me:</b> *starts crying* W-Why aren't they together...<p/><b>Brain:</b> Goddamnit *facepalms*<p/></p>