Middles mess me up. I end up re-plotting my ideas over and over, hence, unpublished writer. There are a lot of books and advice about plot but none of it seems to help me. Plot is what happens, the hard part is left to us writers to figure out what those happenings are and show the reader what they mean to and for our characters.
Middles are the meat. While I enjoy devouring single-title length books, when its my turn to write I much prefer the excitement of starting a project and the knowledge that it will end happily-ever-after (HEA). How the excitement happens to become a HEA continues to be a mystery to me.
Middles must be mastered. In pursuit of plots and middles I tried a new tactic today. I searched for book reviews and summaries looking to answer one question: What keeps the heroine and hero apart, yet maintains story movement? The results were not satisfying. The search continues.
- family’s disapproval
- marriage of convenience (learning to get-along)
- mistaken identity
- comedy of lies
- class inequality
- engaged to another
- bad reputation
- one’s disapproval of the other (lots of reasons here)