Thursday Thoughts: Universal Journey

I swear the Universe writes romance under a pen name. (If I hadn’t met her in person, I might suspect the Big U is actually Nora Roberts/JD Robb.) Today’s message explains how to write a novel in three lines with some encouragement in the middle.

It’s the final moments, Silver, that define a journey and the first ones that make it possible.

Both, you have total control over.

Whoop, whoop!
The Universe
© ®

The middle moments, Silver, are for living, loving, and donut breaks.

Some writers find the hardest part of writing a book is sitting down and staring at the blank page (paper or virtual on a computer screen) and figuring out where to start. Some have trouble figuring out where to stop and what that last line will be. Some know exactly how their writing-the-book journey will end and have to backtrack to figure out the first steps they need to take to get to the final moment. Most of us despair over that “sagging middle.” After the novelty and excitement of a new journey wears off, we writers have to plug through the middle to get to the exultation and relief of typing THE END.

Personally, I like the idea of donut breaks. My characters will take care of the living and loving. 😉 And hopefully, they’ll entertain my readers while doing it. Writers, which is harder: First sentence or closing sentence? Readers, what’s your favorite part of reading a book: The thrill of diving into a new story, the satisfaction of the ending, or all that stuff that happens in the middle? (And no, that’s not a trick question! 🤣 )


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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6 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Journey

  1. Ugh, the end is definitely the hardest part for me. Once I get an idea, the beginning just sort of pops out. It might have to be changed later, but it’s there. And the middle isn’t exactly easy, but I can usually get it down, too. But ending it? Argh. Thank goodness for editing, eh?

    As a reader, I think I enjoy all the stuff that happens in the middle the most. A good beginning is always nice, but it’s the prelude to the read meal. And if the middle is good enough, then the end… the fact that the story has an end… makes me a little sad.

    • Silver James says:

      Yes! Thank goodness for editing. Sometimes, I get lucky and the exact line I need to start a book is there. And I’m usually pretty good at finding that last line to close out the story. The middle? Yeah…all kinds of angst there! 😆 Some books make me sad when they end. I don’t want to say goodbue to the characters. If I’m lucky, there’s a series. 🙂

  2. Helen Reynolds says:

    I like just before the end of the book when the tension gets almost too much and you can’t stop writing, even if there’s an earthquake.

  3. christinaferrer says:

    All the stuff that happens in the middles til the end. Those are crucial parts that make me decide that a book is a really good one and probably post about it on socmed. 😊

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