Writing from the middle

I’ve mentioned a few times this year that it’s my goal to write a novel.

Well, those embers are still glowing, and I’ve been reading a lot of books about writing as I prepare to start the project. One part of me likes to believe that these books are filling me with the knowledge and inspiration I need to get started, and the other part of me knows that it may just be a procrastination tactic.

Write Your Novel From The Middle by James Scott Bell Regardless, I read a book last night that really resonated with me. It’s called Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between, by James Scott Bell.

The book points out the importance of a novel’s midpoint, and what Bell calls the “mirror moment.” The mirror moment is the emotional core of the novel, and the instance where the protagonist takes a serious look at herself.

This really makes sense to me and for the first time, the idea of developing a working structure for my novel seems a little less daunting. I can focus on a midpoint—I can find the heart of the novel, I’m sure of it.

I knew I’d never get anywhere being a pantser (seat-of-your-pants writer) and just writing where the story takes me, however, I’m definitely not organized enough to plot down to the chapter right away, either. Below is a snippet of Bell’s take on the mirror moment.

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