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Exploring The ‘Dreaded Saggy Middle’ Of Writing A Novel

Just like being stuck in the middle of nowhere, getting stuck in the middle of a book can be dangerous territory.
Just like being stuck in the middle of nowhere, getting stuck in the middle of a book can be dangerous territory.

Decatur author Joshilyn Jackson seems to be stuck in the middle … the middle of the novel she’s writing right now, that is.

After a brief look at why the middle is never seen as a good place to be, from the “middle of nowhere” to the “middle child,” Jackson explores what it takes to keep from being stuck in the middle of a book.

“When your middle sags, it’s as if the action is continuing and things are happening and people are doing things but all that motion is just churning … there’s no forward movement,” she explains.

And, just in time for the changing seasons, Jackson has her recommendations for books that make good companions beside the fire.

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