How To Make The Middle Interesting

To many, the middle is known as the slog. The place where the writer has to keep enough things under wraps so that the ending would be exciting while still having to think of ways to ensure that the plot and story is still progessing. It is indeed hard to think of something. And that there’s something known as “middle-book syndrome.” 

This would be difficult for most writers simply because there’s not much of anything that happens. And as such makes it difficult to really come up with great amazing stuff that still fits with the story. 

But I have figured out some ways to do it, and here are my tips.

#1 Include subplots that tie back into the man story 

If there is a plot point which seems contrived to make things fit at the last minute. Expand on it, think of how to make it fit within the novel. As I realize that my middle was often filled up with questions that I wanted to answer and then I would go around expanding it so that each relevation would feel that it is something earned. Not something that has to happen because of plot

#2 Expand the scope 

If your novel is rather linear, or you feel as though you need a bit more to expand the world so that the setting would feel better. There were many times in which the story felt as though it could have been stretched further, there was the potential. Sit on it and figure out whether your story can benefit from the stretch. 
Expanding the scope can be the setting, the characters who are involved or even how it is done. It can ensure that plot points are introduced more smoothly if they are far-fetched. 

#3 Develop characters who would be important 

The last one is to develop important characters. Supporting characters, characters with an important role. It is better if you don’t really have anything else to add onto the main characters. If the main characters have quite a bit of back story which would be important to the story, add it in.

Or a relationship which would have a role in the plot, expand it so that the relationship feels real. Developing characters can make the story feel more authentic, and allow for relationships to be more clearly developed and established. Especially if they have a good role. Also, it can bring more foreshadowing to that particular plot point as well. 

The middle can become interesting and it has to be to make an amazing book. I rarely slog through a book with a boring middle or a middle that seems to be doing nothing. Although it isn’t definitive or exhaustive, I have given all of the ways I come up with ideas when I don’t have any for how to handle the middle. 

What are your ideas? Leave them in the comments below. 

EndlessMidnightMoon

From Singapore, wishes to be an aspiring author. Lover of all things, dark, complex and mysterious. Wannabe time traveler.

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