Writing Tip: Why is the middle of a novel always so difficult to write?

Alle C. Hall
1 min readFeb 14, 2024

Ug, right? Ug ug ug.

Jus keep pressing forward. Even five minutes a day

I find the middle challenging because it is essential to move the story forward as you maintain the Ooomph you established in the opening; all the while laying the groundwork for the ending.

Also, if you are still working your first draft, you may have an idea of how the book will end, but you haven’t written it yet. E.L. Doctrow said (and I’m paraphrasing) it’s like driving in such thick fog that you can only see a few inches beyond your headlights.

Here’s where my final image, reflected in the final line, always saves me. It doesn’t matter whether I’m writing a flash piece of a novel. When I get stuck, I go to that final image. It pulls me forward.

Just keep plugging away, even if it’s only for five minutes a day. You will have a lot of time to edit once you get this first draft down.

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Alle C. Hall

Author: As Far as You Can Go Before You Have to Come Back: 1st Place: International FireBird Book Awards: "Literary" & "Coming of Age"