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Avoid sagging middles and lackluster endings

How You Can Have a Riveting Book Without Sagging Middles and Lackluster Endings

The following is an excerpt from my book, The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel. A link to buy can be found here. The second chapter addresses how to avoid sagging middles and lackluster endings.

The novel’s middle is vital in holding your reader’s attention.

How to avoid sagging middles and lackluster endings

It’s where the protagonist will encounter the bulk of his trials and tribulations, where her strength will be tested and flaws exposed. It’s where you torture your darlings and force them through life-changing events. It sets up the major crisis at the end of the book and paves the way for a satisfying conclusion.

The middle is also where the writer is most likely to give up. After the first few chapters, he realizes the big bite he’s bitten off. How can he hold the tension? How can he up the stakes and plunge the antagonist into deeper and deeper trouble? In other words, how can he paint his hero into a corner then realistically get him out?

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Today's blog highlights miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures from two talented artists as well as some valuable blogging and writing advice.

Miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures

Last week’s post only focused on writing tips and advice. I still have a few of those to share, but I also found some non-writing links featuring miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures.

Minature dioramas

Tatsuya Tanaka is a Japanese artist who concentrates on making miniature dioramas. Like this one:

Today's blog highlights miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures from two talented artists as well as some valuable blogging and writing advice.

or this one:

Today's blog highlights miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures from two talented artists as well as some valuable blogging and writing advice.

How cool are they? He must have incredible patience to work with such small components. Does he make them by hand or is there a online Miniature-Figures store? Wow.

To see more of his works, visit here.

Gravity defying art

Speaking of talent, this blog highlights sculptures that defy gravity.

Today's blog highlights miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures from two talented artists as well as some valuable blogging and writing advice.

P.T. Barnum would have loved this elephant balancing on its trunk. Who has the imagination to conceive these ideas then figure out how to accomplish them?

A Quilt for Every Day

If you didn’t know, beside writing, one of my talents is quilting. I love the interplay of color and design as much as the satisfaction of making a treasure that will be handed down for generations. I’m always looking for the next quilt pattern. Yes, I do live in Arizona where the summer night temperatures might not go below one hundred degrees. Hey, we got down to 39 in December!

When these patterns popped into my Pinterest feed, I knew I had to share them.

Today's blog highlights miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures from two talented artists as well as some valuable blogging and writing advice.

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More writing advice?

Do you want to learn more about writing? I’ve been writing for nineteen years (gulp!) and never get tired of learning new things. Edie Melson passes on nineteen things to remember when the writing gets tough (and it does). Read about them here.

It’s hard to choose a favorite because they’re all relevant, but I think #15 qualifies the most for me:

  1. We live in one of the best times ever to be a writer.It’s easy to look at all the changes and general chaos as nothing but negative. The truth is though, we can reach more people through our words than ever before. And anyone who wants to reach the world through words needs a writer to help them.

17 things to do every blog post before and after hitting “Publish”

17? Really? Yes, really.

Do you want more hits on your blog posts? More comments? More sales? Melyssa Griffin outlines the things you should do to every blog post before and after you hit publish.

I did a quick check and realize I follow eight of her suggestions on a regular basis, four some of the time, and five not at all. So that’s a C-?

We can all improve our social media grade, and I intend to implement her suggestions to improve what I’m offering to my readers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s links of miniature dioramas and gravity defying sculptures as well as the blogging and writing advice. The internet is such a treasure.

What cool or interesting links did you find lately?

Blessings,

Cheryl

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Writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Today’s cool links are all writing related. I love it when I find links that teach me something and I’m able to share. This week I’m sharing links on writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis.

Writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis

Writing tools, plans, goals, and overcoming perfection paralysis www.cherylsterlingbooks.comThe first is Eva Deverell’s blog, a plethora of writing templates, worksheets, prompts, and tools. She’s listed helpful printables from everything from poetry to plot formulas. I especially like her mind maps by genre. If you’re looking for the perfect plot twist or idea spark, her site is the place to visit.

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