The slog through the middle

I know I’m not unique here, but I always find writing the middle of a novel to be the hardest. Last weekend, I managed about 2500 new words.

Today, I managed 1320 new words on my project, called The Playground. Today was all about my victim character, and she had to participate in a murder. So far, she’s really heading down the drain, and that’s her job in the story.

My thug anti-hero is way ahead of the good guys in wrapping his project up, and the good guys don’t even know he exists – yet. If he succeeds, it’s going to be absolute world changing mayhem, but he doesn’t know that – yet.

I think my marker posts are all ahead of me, and I simply have to write between them.

There are 5280 feet in one mile. Therefore; I wrote about a quarter of a mile on my novel today; 1320 words. It isn’t a great volume, but that’s how the middle always works out for me. I’m off tomorrow, and may get another quarter mile on paper. The heroine needs a chapter next.

I’m facing a point of view decision real soon. None of the main characters have ever met, and when they do, I’ll have to choose the viewpoint character for those sections. I can put that off untild they return to the pseudo St. Louis area.

My other problem is also a frequent issue. The total word count is 43,065. I’d like to double that, so I may have to raise the body count when everyone gets to NOLA. Darn it.


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13 responses to “The slog through the middle

  1. Hang in there! You’re writing and that’s awesome! Keep it up!


  2. I usually have a few moments were I get hung-up in the middle, too. Starting is always easy…new project, excitement, etc.

    The ending brings a different kind of excitement, seeing all of the plot threads wrap up, knowing the conclusion is in sight. But the middle is all about staying the course and trudging through. Hope you get some quality writing time today. I have a rare day off as well, and am ready to tackle my WIP in a few. I’m actually near the end, and should wrap it today.

    Then, of course, the edits begin!


  3. Hi! You’re doing just fine. There’s no set number of words you need to write. The fact that you’re writing is great. Keep going! πŸ˜€


  4. I don’t understand your POV issue. Are you using a generic narrator now, or are you alternating POVs and don’t know who should take the lead? BTW, upping the body count is always a good thing. πŸ˜€


  5. Awesome work, my friend! Remember, slow and steady wins the race. πŸ™‚ When I hit stall-points like that, I try to remember Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. (Keep in mind I never actually read this nor even saw the movie or had a desire to… But her personal story interests me…) Apparently she kept getting stuck at the beginning! So she wrote the rest of the book, then wrote Chapter One last. Sometimes, that’s the way life rolls. πŸ™‚


  6. Jim Lambert

    The advice I heard from Mary Robinette Kowal is to pick the character in the most pain for your POV. I also clipped this from a blog post of hers: “For each scene decide which character has the most at stake, that’s the POV of the scene.” It still might be hard to choose with three strong POVs in the story.


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