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Midpoint Magic: How to Swing Your Screenplay or Novel in a New Direction and Say Good-Bye to Sagging Story Middles That Put Audiences to Sleep (Story Structure Essentials)
by H. R. D'Costa
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Release Date2016-08-31 (added to CC 8 Feb)
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Stop Sagging Middles from Derailing Your Story (& Your Writing Career)


The middle of your story.

Nightmare.

And no wonder.

The middle (or Act Two) is just so dang long.

There’s another reason why plotting a novel or screenplay is hard: plot is based on repetition.

The protagonist tries to achieve his goal, fails, and then tries again. (These are sometimes referred to as try-fail cycles.)

These two factors add up to a big problem: you’ve got A LOT of pages to fill (the lengthy second act) and basically one item to fill them with (try-fail cycles).

Without a plan, the results will feel exactly the way you’d predict: repetitious, boring, and monotonous.

You’ll wind up with a story that sags in the middle. A story that’s more snooze fest than page-turner.

A story that audiences abandon.

Obviously, that’s not going to help you kick your writing career into hyperdrive.

So what’s the solution?

To stop audiences from falling asleep…


…you have to make your try-fail cycles feel different. When plotting a novel or screenplay, you have to camouflage the inherently repetitious nature of plot.

You can accomplish this with the midpoint.

Functioning as a fulcrum, it swings your story in a new direction halfway through Act Two. Thus, your hero’s post-midpoint endeavors will feel different in some key way.

And voila! The repetitious nature of plot is masked. The monotony fades away.

No more same old, same old.

No more sagging middle.

That’s the magic of the midpoint.

Even better, when you braid multiple fulcrums together with their logical causes and effects, your story will practically start writing itself. No joke.

What to use as a fulcrum? When you need help with the midpoint of a screenplay or novel, other writing guides will give you vague advice, like “throw a curveball” or “sha...

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