Day 51/90

Hello writerly friends!

If you’re still writing, and sort of following along here, you’re probably near the midpoint of your story now. The midpoint of the novel is an important moment in your story, where you show what’s so important about this plot.

There’s actually a book about this: “Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between” by James Scott Bell, which is a really good read, short and practical. [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20928522-write-your-novel-from-the-middle]

He calls this moment the Mirror Moment and gives several examples how this moment appears in stories.

This is the moment where your protagonist stops and asks themself “Who am I? Why am I doing this?”. They don’t necessarily have to look into the mirror for that but as a metaphor, it works well. It’s a moment of self reflection. This is often connected to a threat of physical or psychological death. It’s the moment where your protagonists decide what they are willing to sacrifice.

Think about your story. What is the Mirror Moment? Write this moment of self reflection, no matter if you’ll use it in the final draft or not. Just write it, to see what it tells you about your story.

Originally posted on tumblr: https://the-wip-project.tumblr.com/post/681248799877922816/day-5190