Writing Your Novel From the Middle — A New Way of Plotting & a Giveaway!

by Pamela S. Meyers

We authors are familiar with the catchphrase, “the sagging
middle,” referring to the middle of a novel where the opening chapters have
done their job to get the characters engaged in the storyline and you arrive at
middle of the book and things slow down. But have you heard of writing your
story from the middle?

I recently happened on this concept when an ad appeared on my Facebook feed for
a book titled something like “How to Write from the Middle.” Intrigued, I
clicked on the link. I didn’t get further than the next screen because I was
asked for my email address and a couple other personal bits of information.
Instead, I went to Amazon and typed in the search bar, “writing from the
middle.”

Immediately, a title by one of my favorite authors and frequent guest blogger
at Novel Rocket, James Scott Bell, popped up. I clicked on the link, and it
didn’t take long to realize this was a technique I wanted to learn more about.
What’s more, I’d already purchased the Kindle version of Bell’s book, WriteYour Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyonein Between.

I pulled up the book on my iPad and about two paragraphs in, I wanted to
highlight and underline most everything. To me trying to highlight on my Kindle
app is like trying to grab a pesky fruit fly. I can never seem to grab the line
I want highlighted so it stays that way. I pulled out my laptop and began
typing notes as I read, and a euphoric feeling came over me. This was exactly
what I needed as I developed a plot for a sequel to my current release. (More
on that release later!) Within an hour I had already worked through the book,
stopping where Bell gives plotters a roadmap on how to apply the method to
their style of writing. I closed down for the night and went to bed with
visions of my storyline dancing in my head.

The concept is not one hundred percent new, but a unique way of writing a novel
using much of the methodology writers already employ. That’s about all I’m
going to tell you. But, I hope I’ve made you curious enough to click on the
link and investigate the book for yourself. It comes in both a Kindle version
and print. No. James Scott Bell didn’t pay me to write this post!

As for my new release, Second Chance Love, a contemporary romance set at a
rodeo in southern Illinois, it’s releasing January 24, 2017! To celebrate the
release, I’m giving away a copy of the book. Leave a comment and tell me about
a writing method that has worked for you (if you are a writer). For those who
aren’t writers, tell me about a book you read recently that resonated with you.
I’ll draw the name of the winner on January 24th, my release day!

TWEETABLES

A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in
suburban Chicago with her two rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love,
Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and her novella, What Lies Ahead, in
the collection, The Bucket List Dare. Her latest novel, Second Chance Love from
Bling/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, releases January 24, 2017. When
she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, Pam can often be found nosing
around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.