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.
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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! 🤣 )