Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Saggy Truth
First, don't forget to check out the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog post for the week by Zoe Courtman on "What keeps you writing?" Last week Danyelle Leafty posted and check out earlier posts by myself, and Laura Diamond!
So on to today's post. The saggy, wiggly, under-toned issue that writers know is there but don't like to look at: The Middle Plot Sag.
Do you know what I mean? Say you've been writing like fiend. You think you've got that hooky first chapter. You know the novel ends well. And then, well, there's the middle part. Somewhere between your first big reveal, and the exciting build up to the end, it's there.
Sure, there are plot points that must be hit to make them connect. But maybe it's lacking that certain something? Perhaps the dialogue isn't as crisp, or the scenes are limp like day-old basil you forgot to put in a glass of water. You know. Smushy.
This is one of the harder things I've had to deal with. And the truth? Sucking it in only hides the problem. The actual anatomy has to change sometimes. More muscle, less fat, more tone. When you read it, it has to hit you back. Not just jiggle helplessly.
Have you dealt with the Saggy Truth?