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Writing the Sagging Middle of a Novel

10 Feb

Last night, in my novel writing class, we covered pacing and avoiding a saggy middle (in my case, not sitting at my desk eating rubbish would help!). Here is fellow WordPressian Julaina Kleist-Corwin’s experience on the latter…

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

sagging middle with book shelf sag

In my previous novels (three sitting in the drawer, finished but unpublished), I didn’t worry about sagging middles. Aware of that syndrome from hearing other writers talk about it, I amped up the drama in the middle. No problem.

In Norman in the Painting, my present WIP, I stopped writing the novel at the point where the middle begins, unbeknownst to me. I thought three weeks off would be a break I could afford. The Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club had a Winterfest in which arts and crafts were submitted and members could write Ekphrasis prose or poetry for each other’s submissions. I started in October, enjoyed the activity, and completed 23, which took me until December. I convinced myself I had been writing those three months and the experience was worth it so no need to feel guilty about letting my protagonist sit for so long. In…

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