On Navigating the Murky Middle

Sisterhood of Suspense​ #author Joanne Guidoccio​ shares tips for getting over that sagging middle ground on our WIP. Stop by and share your ideas; we’d love to hear from you.

Word by Word

By Joanne Guidoccio

I love beginnings—in life and on the page. Anything and everything is possible whenever a blank slate appears before me. That momentum can last for days, weeks, months, and sometimes even longer.

At least, that’s what I like to think whenever I begin a new writing project.

A linear pantser, I write brief character sketches, plot the first three chapters and the last, and then let the words flow. At some point, usually around Page 80, I encounter the murky middle, that nebulous place where I find it difficult to continue or sustain the tension of the novel. In short, I’m lost with no clear trail or direction in sight.

In the early days of my writing career, I struggled to regain my motivation, wondering if I should abandon the novel. Thankfully, I have discovered three strategies that have lifted me out of the abyss.

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5 Replies to “On Navigating the Murky Middle”

      1. I know, somehow, as a reader, after mid point, I skimmed and jumped to the end. I don’t know if it’s my attention span, or if the writer doesn’t keep my interest high. I guess writing the middle of the book is critical. 😀

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