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    Claire_Tucker
    @claire_tucker

      Okay, I’m still in the brainstorming stage of the next story but am looking ahead to when I’m going to be prepping my plot. One of the areas I struggle with in my stories is the middle (no surprise, right?). I find that I don’t get it exciting enough. It doesn’t build up into the 3rd act the way I want it to.

      So, my question is, what do you do to progressively complicate the 2nd act of your stories? How do you keep the middle from sagging and becoming boring? Any tips or thoughts on this will be greatly appreciated 😊

      Herewith, maybe, you will rekindle hearts to the valor of old in a world that grows chill. ~CĂ­rdan

      #118902
      Zee
      @zee

        Well, it’s a little hard to give really useful advice, as I don’t know what the story is about, but generally speaking, what I would do is take some important elements (problems, characters, etc.) that are introduced in the beginning, and re-run them in the middle section with additional depth, before bringing them back for resolution in the final round.

        For example, Ester is a nurse. In the beginning, she’s worried about one of her patients who is really sick, and eventually dies. Toward the middle, Ester learns the patient was so grateful for all her help during his sickness he left her all his money, which is great, except now she’s suspected of murdering him. Then, at the end, all is resolved. Ester is declared innocent, and we leave her rich and happy. That’s far too simplified, of course, but does that make any sense?

        #118919
        Crystal
        @dacelo

          I don’t have a ton of experience, but one thing I’ve been trying to do while figuring out my plots is to see what steps are required for the antagonist to accomplish his goal and what steps are required for the protagonist to either accomplish his goal or stop the antagonist from accomplishing his and then distribute those through the middle so that there is a sense of stuff moving in either a positive or negative direction. This also helps with figuring out things for the antagonist and protagonist to do during the plot.

          This may only work for certain story types though, and I’m still trying to figure out my own plot and what works for me, so results may vary.

          #118920
          Claire_Tucker
          @claire_tucker

            @zee yes, that does make sense, and is something I hadn’t considered before.


            @dacelo
            that sounds like a good idea.

            Thank you both!

            Herewith, maybe, you will rekindle hearts to the valor of old in a world that grows chill. ~CĂ­rdan

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