I took a quick break from this series for a film review, but now I'm back with more ways to flesh out your story's middle. This next tip is one of my favourites because it's where you truly get to have fun with your story.
I've been meaning to post a movie review for a while now but just haven't gotten around to it. Ant-Man however got me so excited that I'm more than happy to make it my film review debut. Yes, corny title, geeky movie--but anything but a disappointment.
(Warning: gifs ahead.)
Welcome to part two! One of my favourite things about any story is a juicy plot twist--and if your story is boring or flat, I can guarantee that's what it needs.
This month I'm doing Camp Nano with a rough draught of a brand-new story--which means that about this point in the month I've hit the treacherous boglands of the miserable middle. The middle of the story is often the hardest part--and, perhaps because of that, it's often the part where readers start to get bored with the story. The temptation for authors is to rush the action and skip straight to the climax without all that tedious build-up.
But the middle is important--it's the part where the characters do the most developing, meet friends, and show the readers what kind of people they are. It's so important that it's easy to do wrong. So this month I'm going to do a series of posts detailing various ways to flesh out your story's middle and make it more exciting, while (hopefully) inspiring you to have fun while writing it.
In every story there's a place your character doesn't want to go. It's a dark and scary place, the point of no return, a dead end. It's a terrifying no-man's-land, a place no one ever escapes from. For the practical purposes of your story, it's basically hell.
A. M. Potter
Some other great blogs...
Go Teen Writers
Helping Writers Become Authors
To the Barricade!
Life of Lily