I have a writing cycle that goes something like this:
1. Awesome idea comes. Yeah!
2. I write the awesome idea. Write. Write. Write.
3. Around 30,000 words, the idea begins to fade. What am I writing again? Where is this novel going?
4. I turn the lap top off, pushing it shut a little too hard, and take a trip to the library. Libraries have a way of soothing the soul. I load up on books written by other people. The best writers out there read.
5. The books are amazing. What is wrong with me? Why can’t I write my story? Dreams hurt.
6. Insert lots of sleep, tears, and cookies.
7. I get another idea…
The cycle hurts. And to be completely honest, I have been cycling round and round for 5+ years. I have watched authors start from scratch and publish multiple books – some New York Times Bestsellers. I have attended writing conferences, shared my work, and prayed my guts out that this time I will have the creative power to blast through the middle of my story.
Insert James Scott Bell.
I found his book, Write Your Novel from the Middle last week on amazon for around three bucks. Can’t beat that. I purchased the book and I am so glad that I did.
While writing my stories, I fall in between the obsessive “out liner” and the outrageous “pantser.” I want to know where I am going, but I don’t want to know how I am going to get there. Which is all fun and games until I hit around 30,000 words…
I loved the premise of starting my book smack dab in the middle during what Bell calls the “mirror moment.” Because when you start right in the middle, according to Bell, you can move forward and backwards. Simple wisdom.
I finished his book and pulled out two manuscripts I started working on five years ago. I had shelved these incredibly exciting stories because I had hit a wall and didn’t know where to take them. The beginnings have transformed to the middles and I am happy. Oh-so-happy and excited because I think I know how to build from the middle out.
And maybe… just maybe I won’t have a cookie-sleep-depressive-I-can’t-write binge in a week or two! If you are in the middle of writing your own book, or interested in learning to write – Write Your Novel from the Middle is a book you don’t want to pass up!