1. SR87

    SR87 New Member

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    Marathon In The Middle - where to start?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by SR87, Sep 14, 2021 at 2:18 PM.

    I have ideas of how my story starts up and ends, I am left with filling the middle.

    Now, I follow Jerry Jenkins and trust his opinions regarding the importance of the MitM to avoid a sleeping audience. The thing is I am sort of lost on how to fill it in the first place.
    Surely you may think, just add bumps and sharp turns for the main character.

    I wish to know if there are ways to come up with those, and to not make them dull. Expecially the dull part: Mr Jenkins is very clear on the subject.
  2. AntPoems

    AntPoems Active Member

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    Hello, @SR87. That's a pretty common problem, and I'm not sure there's a one-size-fits-all solution. A good middle will depend heavily on the specifics of your story and characters, so there's not much we can do to help without knowing them.

    There is one very important bit of advice I've heard and taken to heart, though. Don't just use the first idea that comes to mind. Or the second, or the third. Those are likely to be the easy, obvious ones, and therefore--dull! Take some time and brainstorm a list of a dozen, a score, even a hundred ways your plot could twist and turn on its way from beginning way to end, then weigh and compare them. The most interesting ideas are likely to be ones that you had to work to figure out. Take your time, and remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

    Good luck, and happy writing!
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