Margaret talks about mid-book crisis
It happens to all of us. The sagging middle. We started our book so eagerly but then ground to a halt. And all because we didn’t properly plot. And how about pansters like myself? How do we get around it?
My own method is to keep on writing until I come out the other end, and then go back and re-write the part that’s not working. We all work differently, though. I know the best way to avoid it is to meticulously plot. Easier said than done. I never know what’s going to happen until I write it. I like the element of surprise. The times I’ve said to myself, “I didn’t know that was going to happen.”
There are various reasons why we get writers block. Perhaps you’ve given away too much too early in the story? Information needs to be fed in slowly during thoughts or conversation. Or maybe you haven’t fleshed out your characters enough? Do you ever do character studies before you begin to write? I write about two pages for each of my main characters. Apart from physical descriptions I write down all their likes and dislikes, hobbies, families, pets, jobs, anything and everything until they become like real family members. I like to know my two main characters thoroughly so they don’t come up with any nasty surprises along the way. I don’t want anything to ruin my carefully written work.
Admittedly I haven’t always done this but when I did started doing it I realised how much easier it made my job.
What methods do you use to avoid the sagging middle?