Ok, let’s start with story conferences. Talk about where you are with your story with a partner. Here are the questions you need to address.
- How do you establish your lead? How do we know what he/she looks like? Values? Wants for the future?
- How do you establish the setting? Where are we? What are the rules? What’s the social situation like?
- How do you establish the conflict? What does our lead want/need and why?
Then let’s talk about middles.
A good middle:
- Provides plausible obstacles for our mind character
- Presents scenes that have goals, decision points, and turns
- Leads us up to a climactic point where our lead must make a difficult decision or do something difficult.
Some ideas for this include:
- Ramp up the stakes! If your lead is worried about getting an F on the test, make it so now the worry is failing the class! Losing her scholarship?
- Bring in a new character? A love interest? A sidekick/helper? An antagonist? A mentor?
- What seemed easy all of the sudden gets harder!
- The lead make a big mistake–a mistake which he must learn from in order to grow.
- Look at these “beats” and choose one or two to goose the tension
See this advice:
- Avoiding a sagging middle
- Plotting made easy
- Frozen’s Beat Sheet
- The Snowflake Method
- And…the 510 Stage Monomyth!
Ok, so our goal is another 2 pages leading up to a central crisis or decision. Good luck!