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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 11

Muddle Through the Middle

The middle of a novel is often the most difficult part for a writer to traverse. While Acts One and Three each take up about one-quarter of the story, Act Two comprises half of the novel. If you are muddling through the middle of your story, know that you are not alone. Many writers struggle to sustain momentum and figure out what happens next in Act Two. This chapter provides some landmarks that can help you steer through the mid-novel slump.

Story Archetypes

Act Two is where the bulk of your story happens. It’s where you deliver on the premise of the book. In The Hunger Games, Katniss trains for the Games and then fights in the arena. In The Wizard of Oz movie, Dorothy explores the world of Oz and meets ...

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