Writing the Middle

In both the private IWOSC workshop and the screenwriting classes I teach, we’ve been talking about how you create ideas for the middle. How do you create the obstacles and challenges your protagonist needs to face?

One of the ways is to use clustering or mind mapping focussing on a particular word that would resonate in your story or from your theme, or even a personality trait of your protagonist or antagonist.

Another way to develop ideas is by looking at your protagonist’s and/or antagonist’s moral, ethical, or religious code that he or she lives by and figuring out who is breaking what part of the code and what the outcome is for the characters.

I’ve posted another idea using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs at http://www.thewriterscompass.com/2012/02/creating-ideas-for-the-middle-act/. Let me know if these help you get through that middle act in your writing–or if they don’t.

WARNING: SHAMELESS PLUG HERE – in The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages, starting at page 63, “Stage One – Developing Ideas,” there are pages and pages of ways to create ideas that can help you to develop your story. Also available are 10 creative writing exercises that will help you to kickstart your writing that are sold on this website as an ebook for $2.49 on the “Look Here for Freebies and eBooks to Purchase” page.


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