With the middle of the month (and hopefully the middle of your ms) looming, I thought it might be a good time to raise the issue of the saggy middle.
Following is an extract from an article titled "Avoiding the Saggy Middle" by Cathy Witlox, an editor at Harlequin:
The middle is where it can be hard to keep momentum going. You need to ask yourself these questions:
- Are your characters growing, or have they remained the same?
- Have you shown why heroine and hero would fall in love?
- Have you woven in subplots that you introduced earlier on or have you abandoned some, leaving questions?
You shouldn't work backwards to rectify anything you've missed - make notes on things you have to weave into your story and do it at the end of writing.