Lesson 76: Writing the Middle of the Plot

The saggy middle. No, I’m not talking about your stomach; I’m talking about your plot. One of the things publishers dread is a book that starts well but then loses steam in the middle. It happens so often, it’s actually called the saggy middle. But before we get to the fixes, let’s do a quick […]

Lesson #64-Strengthening Your Setting

Ask almost anyone what they love about reading, and they’ll tell you that their favorite thing—or at least in the top five—is the sense of being swept into another world. This is true for both historical and contemporary stories. Readers want to feel like they’re in Atlanta when it burned during the Civil War or […]