I didn’t want to risk spoiling much so early in the life of this blog, but I scanned some chunks from my planning notes; I always have trouble getting through the middles of my plots, so I sat down a few days ago to try and tackle the issue of forcing the beginning and end to come together nicely and make friends. I bypassed my word processor, which has been no help in forcing the ideas to come, and started scribbling in an old class notebook I had handy.
I started this as an exercise in figuring out how characters would react to the parts of the plot I did have worked out, their motivations and conflicts, but as I did that, it started to feed off of itself; because I knew some plot, I knew how the characters would react, and because I knew how the characters would react, I could figure out the next point of the plot, etc.
So now I’m freed up to work out the details, because I already have the template for how everyone will act and react to what’s happening. No awkward middle section fumbling this way!
Now just to get through the climax without falling flat on my face.